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Tropical cyclone developing south of Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:55 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2013

A weather system 650 miles south of Kauai could develop into the first named storm of the Central Pacific Hurricane season, National Weather Service forecasters said this morning.

But the system is moving west and should have no effect on our weather.

The storm intensified overnight and has an 80-percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days.

"This system continues to show signs of improved organization as thunderstorms increased in coverage overnight, and a tropical depression may be developing," The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said today.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Pewa.

Another weather system in front of it, about 1,150 miles southwest of Kauai, is also producing thunderstorms, but is also continuing to move away from Hawaii.

To the east, another weaker weaker weather system about 600 miles southeast of Hilo, could bring some showers starting Friday, mostly to the Big Island and mostly to windward and mauka areas.

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