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TS Felicia forms as old storm remnants move near Hawaii

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NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Felicia Thursday morning showing a curved band of thunderstorms are wrapping around the southern quadrant of the storm.

Tropical Storm Felicia has formed  several hundred miles southwest of the Baja California peninsula.

Felicia is the sixth tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season.

The  storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving northwest at 13 mph. At 11 a.m. Hawaii time Felicia was 435 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico.

Felicia is not expected to be a tropical storm much longer. It was weakening and could become a tropical depression on Friday and a remnant low over the weekend as it moves over cooler waters.

Forecasters say it’s too early to say if what’s left of Felicia will move near Hawaii.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Enrique are expected to move over Hawaii starting Friday. 

The moist tropical air associated with what’s left of Enrique will bring muggy conditions and some showers to all islands starting Friday on the Big Island and moving up the island chain over the weekend.

Initially, the rains will favor the windward side. However, Enrique will likely interrupt the tradewinds, creating light, variable winds and afternoon cloudiness and showers in leeward and interior sections.

The weather service expects most of the showers to be light and moderate, with only a few heavy downpours.

Tradewinds will likely return next week.

Thursday’s forecast calls for scattered showers in the morning and isolated showers in the afternoon. Tradewinds will start to increase into Friday night and will blow at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts. Temperatures will still be hot with highs between 86 and 91 degrees.

Tradewinds could be gusty on Friday with partly cloudy skies and scattered showers in windward areas and mostly clear skies over leeward sections. Hi

The winds are forecast to become east to southeasterly at 10 to 15 mph Saturday and Sunday. Mostly to partly cloudy skies and scattered showers are expected.

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