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Henriette could become hurricane as Gil weakens to depression

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 03:27 p.m. HST, Aug 04, 2013

What was Tropical Storm Gil has weakened to a depression as another storm behind it intensified into Tropical Storm Henriette this morning and could become a hurricane in two to three days.

Former Tropical Depression 8-E intensified into Tropical Storm Henriette this morning, with sustained winds of 45 mph. At 11 a.m.  Henriette was about 1,335 miles west-southwest of Baja, California, still far from Hawaii.

The storm is expected to intensify over the next several days into a hurricane with winds of 74 mph or higher. Henriette is moving west at 9 mph and is forecast to take a west-northwest turn on Monday and move into cooler waters, where it should begin to weaken.

Henriette is trailing Tropical Depression Gil, which was 1,280 miles east-southeast of Hilo at 11 a.m.. Gil's sustained winds are now 35 mph, below tropical storm strength of 39 mph or higher.

Gil is moving slowly west-southwest at a slow 8 mph pace.

Wind shear is taking Gil apart faster than some computer models had anticipated and it may be a post-tropical cyclone or a remnant low, a much less severe storm, by Monday.

Forecasters say there's still a chance the storm could pick up a little strength as it moves over warmer waters, but what's left of Gil is likely to pass south of the islands and National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu say Gil is "unlikely to affect the main Hawaiian islands."

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allie wrote:
scary this Henriette
on August 4,2013 | 01:11PM
truelies wrote:
i believe the indians more than these so called weathermen
on August 4,2013 | 02:40PM
jussayin wrote:
LOL, but true. And our news media will make something out of nothing (again).
on August 4,2013 | 03:17PM
RichardCory wrote:
Weather forecasting is based off of statistical probabilities aggregated from historical data of similar circumstances. It's predictive only in the sense that you realize it is not a guarantee, but only a projection of a future given our understanding of the past. 2deep4u?
on August 4,2013 | 04:42PM
tiki886 wrote:
That's why man-made global warming is a hoax.
on August 4,2013 | 04:51PM
star08 wrote:
We shall see...
on August 4,2013 | 05:17PM
tiki886 wrote:
We shall see? It's supposed to be "settled science" but since when is science voted upon by "consensus"?
on August 4,2013 | 11:50PM
Morimoto wrote:
Right. And how many times has the islands been hit by tropical storms or hurricanes? Very rarely. Kauai is the only island in record history to have been hit directly by a hurricane. So in other words, based on historical evidence a lot of people feel all this attention paid to recent storms are making something out of nothing.
on August 4,2013 | 06:08PM
jussayin wrote:
Well said!
on August 4,2013 | 09:01PM
HD36 wrote:
The past does not equal the future when our solar system is passing through the galactic plane. Since we entered in 1998 there have been more weather anomolies and records broken than any other time in history. That includes earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or greater and volcanic acitivity. Earth just missed getting a direct hit several weeks ago by a coronal mass ejection that put out an electrical magnetic pulse that would have knocked out the entire electric grid, fried every cell phone and computer and put us back to 1700.
on August 4,2013 | 09:32PM
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