Hurricane Hector weakens slightly; expected to pass south of islands

Hurricane Hector weakens slightly; expected to pass south of islands

Hurricane Hector weakens slightly; expected to pass south of islands

Subtropical storm Debby has officially formed in the deep Atlantic.

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

A tropical storm warning has been posted for the Big Island of Hawaii, where tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected Wednesday, especially downslope from mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands and through gaps.

But as we head towards the peak of hurricane season, the lack of serious storms in the Atlantic so far this season does not mean that things can't change.

On the current forecast track, the center of Hector is slated to pass about 150 miles south of the Big Island by Wednesday afternoon, and about 300 miles south of Oahu by Wednesday night.

It was centered about 1,130 miles (1,820 kilometers) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii, and was moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). The Mayor's office has issued an emergency proclamation for Hawaii Island.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. The long-term seasonal averages are 11 named storms, and six hurricanes.

The CSU has forecast nine more named storms before the season ends in November, with three expected to become hurricanes and one a major hurricane. The rest of the Atlantic Basin is quiet at this time.

Farther west was recently formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and could become a hurricane.

The hurricane center said Kristy was likely to strengthen somewhat in coming days. A gradual turn to the northeast is anticipated thereafter.

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