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Gil upgraded to hurricane, continues moving west in Eastern Pacific

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 04:13 p.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013


Gil was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm today after its maximum sustained winds reached 75 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is about 935 miles south-southwest of Baja and is headed west-northwest at 12 mph on a trajectory that could bring it into the Central Pacific next week.

As 11 a.m. today, the storm had hurricane force winds, of 75 mph or stronger, extending out about 25 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extended 60 miles from the center.

The latest five-day track has it weakening back to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression by early next week as it approaches the Central Pacific.

The earliest Gil could enter the Central Pacific would be Monday or Tuesday, Tom Brichard, a senior forecaster at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said Tuesday. But he stressed it is too early to predict any possible effects for Hawaii.

Because the storm is still in the Eastern Pacific, it is being tracked by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Behind Gil, another storm system is forming and has a 50 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is moving west at 10 to 15 mph and is about 750 miles south of the tip of Baja.

The two storms come on the heels of the former Tropical Storm Flossie which gave the islands a glancing blow Monday. The storm brought heavy rain and thunderstorms, mainly to Hawaii island and Maui County, as it skirted past the island chain and gradually weakened to a tropical depression, then a post-tropical remnant low on Tuesday.

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hilopango wrote:
Here we go again!
on July 30,2013 | 11:24AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
No worries (yet). If all things hold steady, it won't even be in our general vicinity for a week. That's six and a half days before most people will go shopping for bottled water and canned goods :)
on July 30,2013 | 12:00PM
bruddahlee wrote:
Another one? Keep those emergency kits handy! Keep in mind "Global Warming"!!
on July 30,2013 | 11:58AM
allie wrote:
yikes!
on July 30,2013 | 12:47PM
lynnh wrote:
It's called El Nino and La nino that causes this. It is a normal process of the Earth, but fools like you keep shouting global warming, lol.
on July 30,2013 | 11:16PM
serious wrote:
Actually, it's the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITZ) which breeds one after another. Could be a long summer.
on July 31,2013 | 04:52AM
PokeStop wrote:
Take your place in line! Following the same track as Flossie. Behind this new one is another weather system that could form into a storm. Three in a row...Three strikes and you're out. Hope it's not the out house for us Hawaii residents.
on July 30,2013 | 12:13PM
jess wrote:
I think it's our year. I though it would be last year for sure but my grandpa said the year Iniki hit there was choke storms that came close before.
on July 30,2013 | 01:46PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Oh no! Hope there is 24 hour news coverage for the next week and people are sent out of their way to report when absolutely nothing happens.
on July 30,2013 | 01:02PM
lynnh wrote:
I guess you would rather be caught blind when one hits. Why don't you ask a Maui resident if nothing happened?
on July 30,2013 | 11:18PM
pralix wrote:
I don't understand the hate of the news coverage of Flossie? Would it be better if the media only warned people to prepare right when the storm is already happening?
on July 30,2013 | 01:13PM
jess wrote:
It was pretty excessive. There's going to be a whole generation of people who don't take warnings for hurricanes and tsunamis seriously because of the hype.
on July 30,2013 | 01:44PM
allie wrote:
agree
on July 30,2013 | 04:26PM
niimi wrote:
Au contraire! I disagree. Floridians, Texans and Louisianans would tell you otherwise. Oahu would have 700,000 displaced if a Category 4 tropical cyclone were to hit the island. You prepare for that "storm of the century" each time and every time. We are so blessed to have the coverage we do today. Get the word out!
on July 30,2013 | 11:10PM
lynnh wrote:
Hype? Why don't you ask the homeowner on Maui if the foot size hole in his roof from lightning was hype?
on July 30,2013 | 11:20PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Yes. Way too much. A simple coverage of, "Aloha everyone, a storm is on the way" and what kind of situation we can expect would have sufficed. Here in Hawaii or any other Coastal setting, if you are not already prepared or have a kit made, you'll get what you deserve. It's sad that people have to run to the store, act like animals and hoard what they can. I never did trust meteorologists, Just look outside and you can tell for yourself.
on July 30,2013 | 04:08PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
When it rains, it pours!
on July 30,2013 | 01:57PM
jussayin wrote:
Gil "will move west-northwest over the next five days and is no imminent threat to land ... " weather.com But we know that our tv news folks will blow this out of proportion. I hope it brings some rain; my yard needs it. LOL about buying stuff.
on July 30,2013 | 10:03PM
lynnh wrote:
Out of proportion? Up until the day before it passed the Big Island the wind was just a few MPH bellow a hurricane. I don't call that blowing things out of proportion. Tell you what, when the next one does hit, don't file an insurance claim and prove to us that you don't need someone to help you.
on July 30,2013 | 11:24PM
niimi wrote:
We need the rain.
on July 30,2013 | 11:06PM
niimi wrote:
A Category 4 storm on Oahu would be enough to make the residences of 700,000 on the island uninhabitable. Where would we shelter 700,000 people in such an incident? That is why we all prepare every time there is a storm coming.
on July 30,2013 | 11:07PM
nitrobreath wrote:
Our building department has been lax in pushing more robust building codes like the ones in Guam where they face typhoons every year and use more concrete construction like making the roof of the homes out of reinforced concrete and then no natural storm occurrence can pose a structural threat to the inhabitants.
on July 31,2013 | 07:35AM
juscasting wrote:
They all look mad in Guam cuz it so hot der!
on July 31,2013 | 12:07PM
sloturle wrote:
aw c'mon!
on July 30,2013 | 11:39PM
lokela wrote:
Tis the season...
on July 31,2013 | 05:44AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Uh oh. I better go buy some more beer. Flossie made me so stressed out that I drank almost all my emergency supply.
on July 31,2013 | 01:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
HURRICANE! CYCLONE. Come on which is it? Might as well call it CYCLANE!
on July 31,2013 | 01:28PM
loquaciousone wrote:
HURRICANE! CYCLONE. WHICH IS IT? HOW ABOUT CYCLANE!
on July 31,2013 | 01:29PM
DAGR81 wrote:
City workers can start planning for their time off on Monday.
on July 31,2013 | 03:11PM
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