Hawaii News Digest, 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15321.
Accessed on 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC. Updated on 14 July 2017, 7:17 a.m. (HST)/17:17 hrs (UTC).
As of 5:00 a.m. (HST) Friday, 14 July 2017, Hurricane Fernanda was approximately 2,355 miles/3815.1 km east of Hilo, Hawaii. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph/186.3 km/hr and is moving west at 12 mph/19.44 km/hr.
According to Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, Fernanda may weaken a bit as it enters the cooler waters of the central pacific:
“The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving west toward the Central Pacific.”
“But it should weaken early next week as it takes a northwesterly turn over cooler waters. On Tuesday, Fernanda is expected to be a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and a few hundred miles west of the Central Pacific.”
“It is still too far from Hawaii to know whether it will have a direct impact on the state’s weather later in the month.”
Still, Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said Wednesday, “We urge everyone to prepare for the hurricane. There is ample time for people to review a plan. If you don’t have a plan, we urge people to have that done.”