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Henriette reaches hurricane strength; Gil weakens

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:35 a.m. HST, Aug 07, 2013

Hurricane Henriette continud to strengthen as its winds increased to 90 mph Tuesday, while Gil regained wind speed briefly before weakening into a post-tropical cyclone.

The storms are still a little too far away to say exactly how they will impact Hawaii's weather. But their tracks suggest Henriette will weaken and pass south of Hawaii. If it holds to the forecast track, Hawaii could see an increase in tradewinds and rain and a boost in surf this weekend. Gil is also expected to pass south of the islands.

Forecasters say Henriette may bring a small east and southeast swell starting Friday.

At 8 p.m., Henriette was about 1,450 miles east of Hilo, moving west northwest at 10 mph. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Henriette could continue intensify today night as it moves over warm and moist waters, but should start to weaken over cooler waters starting Wednesday.

The storm’s path is expected to veer west southwest as it weakens and gets caught in the tradewind flow.

Forecasters caution that the official forecast path has a margin of error of 175 miles in each direction, and the forecast is likely to change before this weekend

“Some changes in our weather are possible by the weekend, but much depends on the movement and intensity of Hurricane Henriette,” said National Weather Service forecasters in Hawaii.

If Henriette moves to the northern edge of the forecast track, “it could mean higher winds and rain for the Big Island this weekend. If Henriette moves down the middle or left side of the cone, there might only be a small uptick in trades and an increase in trade wind showers as the system goes by,” forecasters said.

Traveling over warmer waters helped Gil re-intensify into a tropical storm overnight. Gil had winds of about 40 mph, up from 35 mph Monday, but quickly lost strength today and now has 30 mph sustained winds. Gil was about 935 miles east southeast of Hilo at 5 p.m.

Forecasters say Gil could regain strength again if conditions are right.

Some computer models suggest what’s left of Gil could take a northerly path and bring some humid and wet conditions Friday. But the official track takes the storm far south of the islands.

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Psyche wrote:
So wait, water is moist?
on August 6,2013 | 08:09AM
calentura wrote:
Keen reporting, but who is the source for this information...?
on August 6,2013 | 08:46AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Learn something new everyday in the SA. So now I know there are dry water and moist water.
on August 6,2013 | 10:25AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Best laugh of the day!
on August 6,2013 | 04:14PM
808BigE wrote:
hmmm...apparently I'm the only one who knows about that warm and dry water. Coincidentally it's not very wet, but has a warming mist to it's moisture, while preserving the damp characteristic of the moist dry-liquid water.
on August 6,2013 | 04:58PM
lynnh wrote:
Read a book sometime. Warm moist waters mean areas where there is a lot of humidity and precipitation. Astounded by the ignorance of a vast majority of people in this state.
on August 7,2013 | 12:36AM
Anonymous wrote:
"The storms are still a little too far away to say exactly how they will impact Hawaii's weather" But that won't stop the news reporters from fear mongering the locals into buying 100 rolls of TP and cases of spam.
on August 6,2013 | 08:56AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
You kidding me? Locals don't need any "fear mongering" when there is a threat of (1) a hurricane or (2) west coast dock strike. Locals immediately hit Costco for the staples, rice, spam, tuna, and/or vienna sausage, bottled wate =, and of course TP. Its almost a reflex action because many of us lived through Iniki and 'Iwa and many have memories of past dock strikes.
on August 6,2013 | 09:04AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Thanks, cheeseball. You're correct. Anony up there has obviously never been Iniki'd.
on August 6,2013 | 09:25AM
Anonymous wrote:
Totally missed the point.
on August 6,2013 | 11:58AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
if you crumple up the newspaper real good, you can use it as TP. prolly the best use of it.
on August 6,2013 | 03:54PM
allie wrote:
on August 6,2013 | 02:03PM
jussayin wrote:
LOL, but true.
on August 6,2013 | 09:12AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Actually, one needs to respect the storm gods. Was here for Iniki, iwa, and Dot, and they weren't fun. Exciting, but not fun. Live in a house that has survived all three, although it was built in the late 20's Wonder if the newer houses are built to truly withstand hurricanes. Oh, well, some day, when we least expect it, mother nature will test those hurricane straps. And then the meteorologists will finally be terribly right.
on August 6,2013 | 01:57PM
Morimoto wrote:
Looks like the weather forecasters will proclaim we "dodged another two bullets" although in reality the bullets were blanks that didn't even come close to hitting us. Anything for ratings I guess.
on August 6,2013 | 09:19AM
loquaciousone wrote:
According to the journal Science Meets Fiction, hurricanes generated over moist water become tropical storms and tropical storms generated over dry water become hurricanes. Hurricanes need warm dry water to strengthen and if they travel over wet water they weaken ..... wait....water....moist..
on August 6,2013 | 09:58AM
Ratrase wrote:
Dry water ain't that an oxymoron?
on August 6,2013 | 10:13AM
Ratrase wrote:
Dry water?
on August 6,2013 | 10:14AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's the opposite of moist water.
on August 6,2013 | 12:58PM
lynnh wrote:
It means areas of a body of water without a lot of humidity in the air.
on August 7,2013 | 12:39AM
juscasting wrote:
If this daisy continues on her same path it will be pretty close to Inikis and she started out as a tadpole, ended up CAT 4!
on August 6,2013 | 12:32PM
copperwire9 wrote:
True. That's why I pay close attention.
on August 6,2013 | 04:15PM
cojef wrote:
Yeah, had brother who lived in Waipouli on Kauai and "Inki" tore the roof off the house. The wait for contractors to repair roof took ages. That was the most terrible experience living like a homeless without a roof your head. Guess, you got to appreciate how the homeless have to fend for themselves everyday.
on August 6,2013 | 02:20PM
copperwire9 wrote:
The best think about 'Iniki, hands down, was the spirit of cooperation it brought out among us residents. In the months after the storm, we were the closed to a true 'neighbor'-hood that I've ever seen.
on August 6,2013 | 04:16PM
lynnh wrote:
Yes, people helped out in droves. I personally donated three new chainsaws and brought them to Kauai. But, absolutely no one every said thank you for the help. Everywhere I helped it seemed the people thought the help was owed to them. After that and the Super Ferry deal, they will never have support from me without paying.
on August 7,2013 | 12:43AM
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