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Karina continues to gain strength in Eastern Pacific

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:56 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2014

Tropical Storm Karina continues to gain strength in the Eastern Pacific, with maximum sustained winds climbing to 60 mph Tuesday morning.

As of 2 a.m., Karina was 1,415 miles east of Hilo, moving west-southwest at 7 mph. After a couple of days as a weak tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, Karina started to regain strength Monday morning.

The forecast has Karina moving westward and slowing in speed over the next 48 hours as it begins to feel the tug of larger Tropical Storm Lowell to its east. Karina is expected to still be meandering in the Eastern Pacific later this week. The current five-day forecast has Karina still outside the Central Pacific by the end of the week. 

Tropical disturbances ahead and behind Karina have been affecting the storm's direction and causing Karina to move erratically, forecasters said.

The storm system ahead of Karina, about 850 miles east-southeast of Hilo, remained nearly stationary Monday and forecasters say it has no chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

Behind Karina, another tropical depression is about 695 miles southwest of Baja, California, moving west-northwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

None of the storm systems pose any threat to land.

The forecast for Honolulu this week, meanwhile, calls for moderate trade winds of 10-15 mph and warm temperatures with highs in the 80s and low 90s.

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