Walaka strengthens into a hurricane southwest of Hawaii

Accessed on 01 October 2018, 0518 UTC, Post #17733.

Source:  http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/10/01/walaka-strengthens-into-hurricane-southwest-hawaii/

Reporter:  Ben Gutierrez (Hawaii News Now).

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Comment:  Tropical Storm Walaka has intensified to a category 1 hurricane, packing maximum winds of 75 mph as it moves to the southwest of the Hawaiian Islands.

According to Ben Gutierrez of Hawaii News Now, the storm doesn’t present a threat to the state:

“Walaka is expected to slow down in its forward movement and then turn northwest on Monday, then northward on Tuesday. It is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane by Monday. It is in an area of warm sea surface temperatures, low shear and high moisture content. It should weaken after Tuesday as it moves into cooler waters and higher shear.

Hurricane Walaka is not expected to have a direct impact on Hawaii weather, but forecast models show a rain band trailing from Walaka late in the week. It’s too far off in the forecast to say if that band will bring more showers to Kauai.

There’s also a chance that it will draw more tropical moisture from the south, and could cut off the tradewinds, bringing yet another round of hot, muggy weather.”

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Russ Roberts