A tropical storm approximately 1,500 miles southeast of Hawaii is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday. According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Erick is likely to strengthen rapidly during the next 48 hours, becoming a hurricane on Monday and potentially becoming a major hurricane on Tuesday. After that, the storm is expected to begin weakening on Wednesday.
As of the last update Erick has tropical storm-force winds of approximately 70 mph, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 70 miles from the storm’s center. Tropical Storm Erick storm is heading west, with a turn to the west-northwest expected on Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday. While the storm is still quite far from Hawaii, the forecast cone from the NHC, shown above, indicates it could pass south of Hawaii Island between Thursday and Friday.
At this time there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, and the NHC has not issued any warnings regarding hazards affecting land. Additionally, no major airlines have issued travel waivers or flight change information due to the storm.
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