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Tropical storms Karina, Lowell dance away from islands

  • NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    This composite satellite image of the Central and Eastern Pacific ocean shows two low pressure systems near Hawaii about 800 miles south of Honolulu and 800 miles east-southeast of Hawaii, followed by Tropical Storms Karina and Lowell in the Eastern Pacific.
  • COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENER
    Tropical Storm Lowell is forecast to move to the north-northwest over the next five days.
  • COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENER
    Tropical Storm Katrina's westward motion is expected to stall, then turn to the northeast, away from Hawaii.
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Tropical storms Lowell and Karina are dancing in the Eastern Pacific, with Lowell leading Karina on a slow, wobbly turn away from Hawaii.

Lowell, which formed Monday, is a larger storm and is pulling Karina back toward the northeast, where it will eventually weaken, forecasters said.

Karina, located about 1,325 miles east of Hilo, was still moving west at about 5 mph at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with sustained winds of 50 mph.

Forecasters expect Karina to stall by Wednesday night and turn to the northeast on Thursday as it interacts with Lowell. By the weekend, it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression.

Topical Storm Lowell also had 50 mph winds and was about 755 miles west-southwest of Baja, California in Mexico at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The storm was moving northwest at 7 mph. It may grow Wednesday, but by Sunday it is also expected to be a tropical depression and no threat to land.

The storms are not expected to affect Hawaii’s weather over the next week.

The Eastern Pacific continues to be active because of warmer waters in an El Nino year.

Another area of disorganized thunderstorms could become a tropical depression by the weekend off the coast of southwestern Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

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