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El Nino may bring more hurricanes to Central Pacific

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, May 21, 2014

The central Pacific could see an uptick in tropical cyclone activity this upcoming hurricane season, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center announced Wednesday. 

Forecasters expect the Central Pacific Basin, which includes Hawaii, to experience between four and seven tropical cyclones from June to November. 

There is an 80 percent chance of the Pacific area having normal or above normal cyclone activity, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes, Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said during a news conference held at the Hawaii State Civil 

Defense headquarters in Diamond Head crater. 

The Central Pacific Basin's average activity is about 4 to 5 cyclones in a season.

Last year, forecasters expected a below average season, but the Central Pacific wound up having an above average year. 

El Nino conditions -- when the sea surface temperature is warmer than average -- are expected to worsen heading into the summer and fall, which could provide more favorable conditions for potentially disastrous storms to develop and retain strength as they travel north toward the isles.

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PokeStop wrote:
Dog gone it, now we'll be seeing more of Guy Hagi on the news! Goof ball is wrong have of the time!
on May 21,2014 | 12:42PM
PokeStop wrote:
Not to smart..."half".
on May 21,2014 | 12:52PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You're have right half of the time.
on May 21,2014 | 01:27PM
cojef wrote:
Means "Iniki" like conditions for the islands? Hope not.
on May 21,2014 | 02:25PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I better go to the store and stock up on essentials like toilet paper and beer.
on May 21,2014 | 01:37PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I know you are kidding, but so many of the lower social-eco demographic think hurricanes are a reason to party. My guess it's a response to fear (denial) Back in college I used to work in a liquor store and you'd be surprised how people react to hurricanes not knowing the implications of a direct hit by Cat 3 on Honolulu will have. Remember that we've had serious blackouts in the past just by having a hurricane brush Oahu. A direct hit would take out our weakling power grid for weeks (if not longer), but more importantly our water supply which is powered by electricity could go down too. If you think a one month food shortage will create riots -- try a two days without water. Thirst will drive kind loving people to hurt, steal and kill.
on May 21,2014 | 03:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Yea, I can't believe how many people stock up on water the day before a hurricane is supposed to hit.
on May 21,2014 | 07:07PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Unbelievable. Not one word about climate change in the story.
on May 21,2014 | 06:25PM
CEI wrote:
My thoughts exactly. Someone at the SA is lying down on the job. Does little Barry know about this?
on May 21,2014 | 08:47PM
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