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Forecasters: Fomer hurricane Gil has 'sheared apart'

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:26 p.m. HST, Aug 2, 2013

Tropical Storm Gil is expected to continue to weaken and appears to be taking a path south of Hawaii as it moves west across the Pacific.

The storm was a hurricane with winds of 75 mph on Thursday, but the winds are weakening. At 5 p.m., Gil’s maximum sustained winds were 65 mph.

“Satellite imagery indicates that Gil has sheared apart,” the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm is about 1,460 miles west southwest of Baja, California, still far from Hawaii, and moving west at 12 mph.

The storm is moving west, but is expected to turn to the west southwest over the next two days.

The storm may continue to lose strength over the next five days as it enters the Central Pacific. It is forecast to lose tropical storm strength on Wednesday.

The storm is still too far away to determine whether it will have an effect on Hawaii’s weather.

Behind Gil, forecasters say another storm system has a medium chance, about 30 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours.

Another disturbance about 900 miles southeast of Hilo has a low chance, about 10 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

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