Tropical Storm Miriam expected to become a hurricane later this week
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Tropical Storm Miriam expected to become a hurricane later this week

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

    The forecast track for Tropical Storm Miriam as of 11 p.m. today.

ADVERTISING

UPDATE: 10:38 p.m.

Miriam moving Westward.

As of 2:00 a.m. PDT, Tue. Aug 28, the center of Miriam was located near 14.0, -133.5 with movement W at 12 mph. The minimum central pressure was 999 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.

5:30 p.m.

Tropical Storm Miriam had little change in intensity over the last few hours and is expected to become a hurricane Tuesday as it nears the Central Pacific.

At 5 p.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, moving west at 12 mph, and 1,545 miles east of Hilo. Tropical storm-force winds extend up to 60 miles from the center.

The storm is forecast to slow down and turn toward the north-northwest later this week, reaching the Central Pacific late Wednesday or early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The five-day forecast track shows Miriam weakening back to a tropical storm as it moves north over cooler water far from the Hawaiian islands.

11 a.m.

Although it’s shown little change in status today, forecasters still expect Tropical Storm Miriam to become a hurricane as early as tonight.

Located about 1,587 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 15 mph, Miriam clocked in with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at 11 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. This motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Thursday.

Weather officials expect Miriam to reach hurricane strength tonight or Tuesday and approach the Central Pacific late Wednesday when it is also forecast to make a turn north. Forecast say it should weaken back to a tropical storm over cooler waters by the end of the week far from Hawaii.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from Miriam’s center.

Meanwhile, located about 518 miles west of Lihue and heading west at 7 mph, Tropical Storm Lane is forecast to weaken to a remnant low in the next 24 hours while turning to the west-northwest later today.

A flood advisory remains in effect for Kauai through 1:30 p.m. after rain was measured falling at up to 2 inches per hour across the island.

Locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to, Lihue, Kilauea, Anahola, Wailua, Hanalei, Hanapepe, Omao, North Fork Wailua Trails, Koloa, Lawai, Princeville and Wailua Homesteads.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

Tropical Storm Miriam strengthened overnight after forming Sunday in the Eastern Pacific.

Miriam was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph — up 5 mph since Sunday night — and was located about 1,673 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 14 mph as of 5 a.m. Hawaii time, according to the National Hurricane Center. This motion is expected to continue for the next few days followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Thursday.

Weather officials expect Miriam to reach hurricane strength tonight or Tuesday and approach the Central Pacific basin late Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from Miriam’s center.

Meanwhile, Lane returned to tropical storm strength from a tropical depression overnight and was moving west and away from the main Hawaiian Islands at 8 mph. As of 5 a.m. today, Lane was 520 miles west-southwest of Honolulu with winds at 40 mph.

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