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Hurricane Gil strengthens slightly

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 p.m. HST, Aug 01, 2013

Hurricane Gil strengthened today and is now expected to be a tropical storm when it crosses into the Central Pacific next week.

At 5 p.m., Gil had sustained winds of 85 mph and was located about 1,230 miles west southwest of Baja, California. Earlier in the day, Gil had 80 mph sustained winds.

Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles from the eye of the storm.

The storm could become stronger over the next 36 hours while it moves over warmer ocean waters, but should then begin to weaken as it approaches cooler waters.

The five-day forecast now calls for Gil to weaken to a tropical storm Sunday and remain at tropical storm strength through Tuesday after it crosses into the Central Pacific.

The storm is still too far away to say if it will have an affect on Hawaii’s weather.

Behind Gil, another storm system could develop into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, forecasters say its proximity to Hurricane Gil is disrupting its development. Forecasters say it has a medium chance, about 40 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours and a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days.

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Morimoto wrote:
I best the news directors of all the major stations are salivating over this situation. No matter if everyone knows the most we'll probably get is a few rain showers, they'll hype it up as much as they can to fill their broadcasts with an easy story. I guarantee if one of these storms enters the Central Pacific as a tropical storm it'll be the TOP news story one at least one of the channels if not all of them. I already have my "I survived Tropical Depression Flossie" T-shirt and I want to earn another one.
on August 1,2013 | 12:20PM
JAFO wrote:
Slow News Day! Check with Hawaiian Air Line for good read on the local weather.
on August 1,2013 | 12:32PM
allie wrote:
on August 1,2013 | 12:33PM
Morimoto wrote:
What's more scary is the fact you've been making the same comments for years and will probably continue for who knows how many more years. Isn't it time to pick up a new hobby dude.
on August 1,2013 | 01:42PM
aomohoa wrote:
on August 1,2013 | 02:25PM
allie wrote:
huh? I have been here 4 years but have a semester to go. Don't be so unwelcoming.
on August 1,2013 | 05:43PM
Sunny wrote:
It's not the time to be complacent, even a tropical storm taking a direct hit on the Hawaiian Islands would cause a lot of damage.
on August 1,2013 | 01:26PM
Morimoto wrote:
It's never time to be complacent, however I'm more worried about being struck my lightning than anything weather related in hawaii. To me the newscasters sensationalize every strom in an effort to make themselves sound exciting.
on August 1,2013 | 01:40PM
palani wrote:
Tsunamis pose a much greater, and more frequent threat, to these islands than storms that hit about once each 30 years.
on August 1,2013 | 03:01PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't think people on Kauai agree with you.
on August 1,2013 | 03:25PM
TLehel wrote:
Agree. I was there. And more like every 20 years if we're talking about how long it's been since Iniki.
on August 1,2013 | 03:35PM
CriticalReader wrote:
. . . so, what is the distance between big island and baja minus 1,160???? That result would be the distance the weather thing is from the big island. Of course, the report COULD simply have reported how far away the thing is from the Big Island. . . . . But, maybe that number won't scare us enough.
on August 1,2013 | 01:36PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Calm down.
on August 1,2013 | 02:22PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
It's reported based on baja b/c the Hawaii-based weather office isn't yet in charge of it, the other office, in Miami, is in charge of it, thus Miami reports based on baja.
on August 1,2013 | 03:27PM
CriticalReader wrote:
As excuses go, that one was pretty bad.
on August 1,2013 | 07:25PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Iniki tracked south for awhile, until it turned North right into the islands. Of course hopefully that won't happen again, but just saying.
on August 1,2013 | 02:42PM
jess wrote:
These storms (Flossie, Gil, & 90E) all formed in the same area as Iniki. Flossie went North into cooler waters, but what if Gil & 90E combine and go South to get stronger... dun dun dun. We are so overdue for a hurricane it's not even funny. I just hope everyone is prepared and doesn't take the constant news coverage as hype. It might not be hype, it might be the best warning Hawaii's ever gotten for a hurricane.
on August 1,2013 | 04:27PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Hopefully if Gil pulls an Iniki-like maneuver, the wind shear and colder waters help dismantle it and defend the isles. At least everyone already has their batteries and pork and beans thanks to Flossie!
on August 1,2013 | 05:03PM
allie wrote:
on August 1,2013 | 05:45PM
64hoo wrote:
you got your information a little skewed iniki was west of Kauai when it turned towards Kauai the hurricane hit us with wind coming from the west not the north.thats why they call hurricanes a west wind, because it comes from the west not north, the hurricane travels west to east.
on August 1,2013 | 10:08PM
jussayin wrote:
"The latest forecast has Gil a Tropical Depression by Tuesday morning with 35 mph winds. The storm at that point will still be about 1000 miles away from Hawaii." No worry despite the local news media making this a 'story'. So be happy.
on August 1,2013 | 02:50PM
allie wrote:
on August 1,2013 | 05:46PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Nothing to worry here. Hurricanes named after men have no staying power. On the other hand, nothing is worse than a woman stormed.
on August 1,2013 | 03:26PM
allie wrote:
on August 1,2013 | 05:45PM
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