Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane, tropical storm are swirling off western Mexico

Hurricane, tropical storm are swirling off western Mexico

Debby transitioned to a tropical storm Wednesday morning with a greater concentration of storms near its center.

The center of Hector will pass about 200 miles south of the Big Island on Wednesday, according to the latest forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

The storm, which has been monitored for the last few days, was located 1160 miles west of the Azores in the northern Atlantic Ocean, according to the 11 am advisory from the NHC.

Hurricane Hector will pass south of the U.S. state of Hawaii tomorrow with the main impacts being rough surf, however, some heavy rainfall and gusty winds are also possible, according to the National Weather Service.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. Debby is the fourth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui late today, likely becoming large and unsafe by late tonight and Wednesday. Both are in effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

This will keep Hector's eyewall with its strongest winds and heaviest rain well south of the Big Island. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) and was heading northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph). A trough is then forecast to take Debby on a northeasterly track afterward, but fall apart afterward.

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