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Ignacio weakens, expected to bring muggy, wet and breezy weather

  • CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER
    Hurricane Ignacio is expected to pass about 200 miles north of the islands.
  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
    Hurricane Jimena is expected to turn to the north after it reaches the Central Pacific later this week.
  • NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    This composite satellite image taken early Monday morning shows Hurricane Kilo (left) moving to the northwest west of Hawaii, Hurricane Ignacio, just east of the islands, and Hurricane Jimena further east.
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Ignacio, no longer a major category 3 hurricane, is expected to bring breezy,wet weather, possibly heavy rain and more muggy conditions, but shouldn’t cause damaging winds in the main Hawaiian islands.

The storm continued to weaken overnight and its current track should take it about 200 miles north of the islands during its passage Monday through Wednesday.

It will likely be too far away to bring tropical storm force winds to the islands and the National Weather Service dropped a tropical storm watch for Hawaii and Maui counties Sunday afternoon.

At 8  a.m. Monday., Ignacio was about 285 miles east-northeast of Hilo, moving northwest at 10 mph.

Sustained winds of 105 mph, down from its peak of 140 mph Saturday, are expected to continue to weaken.

Hurricane-force winds extend 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward of 175 miles.

Ignacio should  be a tropical storm by Wednesday, forecasters said.

Forecasters expect increasing northeast tradewinds Monday with windward and mauka showers.

“As hurricane Ignacio tracks northeast of the islands today, spotty showers will be locally heavy and north to northeast winds will be locally breezy in terrain enhanced areas. A pocket of enhanced moisture moving along the northeast flow is aimed at Kauai, where showers will be more widespread and the chance for a thunderstorm will be greatest. As Ignacio moves away, the storm will leave moist air from the tropics over the islands,” the weather service said in a forecast advisory.

Even after Ignacio  passes, winds will be light, from the south, creating muggy conditions and the chance of afternoon showers. Some of the rain could be locally heavy.

East shores of Hawaii island and Maui are under a high surf warning through 6 p.m. Tuesday because of “large and dangerous” surf, with waves of 12 to 20 feet.

“These dangerous conditions mean that only highly experienced persons should enter the water. Inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beachfront areas. Large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death,” the National Weather Service said.

A surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai’s east-facing shores, where 6 to 12 foot surf is expected.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it does not expect any closures of commercial ports in the state.

However, small craft advisories are posted for waters around the main Hawaiian islands.

Ignacio is one of three major hurricanes in the northern Pacific.

Further east but quickly moving toward the Central Pacific is Category 4 Hurricane Jimena with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. 

At 11 a.m. Monday, Jimena was about 1,230  miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west at 16 mph.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 175 miles, according to forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm is expected to take a sharp turn to the north after it enters the Central Pacific on Tuesday.

It’s too early to tell if Jimena will affect Hawaii’s weather. If it takes a more northerly path, it could have very little to no effect on Hawaii’s weather. A track further t the south

Kilo, the last storm to menace Hawaii, intensified rapidly this weekend into a major category 4 hurricane far to the west of the main islands. 

At 11 a.m. Monday, Kilo was 450 miles south-southwest of Midway Island and 1,290 miles west of Lihue, with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and moving north-northwest, away from the main Hawaiian islands, at 9 mph.

The National Hurricane Center is also watching an area of thunderstorms in the East Pacific that could develop into a fourth tropical cyclone.

Forecasters said the area of storms several hundred miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico is becoming more organized in favorable conditions for development and has an 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next two to five days.

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