POSTED: 5:48 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 6:32 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012
What's left of former hurricane Daniel is bringing high surf to the east shores of Hawaii island and is expected to bring stronger tradewinds to all islands and rain to Hawaii island starting tonight, the National Weather Service said.
It is one of three storms formed in the Eastern Pacific that forecasters are watching but say should not threaten the islands.
Daniel — now a remnant low-pressure system — was about 530 miles east-southeast of Hilo Thursday evening and should pass south of the islands by Saturday.
Waves generated by Daniel led the National Weather Service to issue a high surf advisory for the east shores of the Big Island. Surf there was 6 to 9 feet, with possible bigger sets, forecasters said. The advisory remains in effect through 6 p.m. Friday.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has stopped issuing advisories on Daniel and forecasters said there is no chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone again.
Next up is Hurricane Emilia which is centered about 1,025 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California and is moving west toward at 12 mph. Emilia, as of Thursday evening, was packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
Like Daniel, the storm is weakening as it moves over cooler waters and is expected to be another remnant low-pressure system when it reaches the Central Pacific early next week.
Further east, Tropical Storm Fabio is strengthening in the Pacific and could become a hurricane Friday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the new storm's maximum sustained winds were 60 mph Thursday evening.
Fabio's center was about 470 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving west at 10 mph.
While it is projected to be a hurricane Friday and Saturday, Fabio is also expected to move north over cooler waters, and weaken to a tropical depression far from Mexico's coast by Tuesday.