Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

Cristina Cross
August 8, 2018

Tropical Storm Ileana had been projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to Mexico's southwestern coast, bringing heavy surf, but forecasters said the storm was no longer expected to strengthen and should dissipate by late Tuesday because of the effects of the larger Hurricane John.

High rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector is predicted to affect the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state.

Named Debby, the subtropical storm is located 900 miles WSW of Azores and is moving North at 16 miles per hour.

Hurricane Hector is tracking for a close call with Hawaii's Big Island, parts of which are still coping with destruction from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

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"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. A high surf advisory has been issued for east-facing shores of Maui for 6-10 foot surf. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, risky surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.

The effects of a hurricane are far-reaching and can extend well away from the center.

"The cloud pattern of Debby this morning is definitely typical of a tropical cyclone instead of a subtropical system with moderate convection wrapping around the center, and a well defined upper-level outflow in the eastern semicircle", forecasters said.

Remember that the forecast track and intensity can and will change.

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