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Oho reaches hurricane strength east of Hawaii

  • CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER
    This graphic shows the projected path and intensity of Hurricane Oho.
  • NASA/NOES GOES PROJECT
    NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an infrared image Tropical Storm Oho south of Hawaii this morning.
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Oho strengthened to a hurricane overnight, but it is located several hundred miles southeast of Hawaii island today and headed away from the islands. 

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oho was 395 miles southeast of Hilo and 600 miles southeast of Honolulu, moving east-northeast at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, up from about 70 mph at 11 p.m. Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles. 

Oho is expected to turn toward the northeast, away from the islands, as it increases in forward speed today and Wednesday.

The storm is likely to make its closest pass to Hawaii island sometime today, but should remain 300 to 400 miles offshore. 

Outer rain bands from the storm may bring some showers to the Big Island, but Oho is not expected to have a significant impact on the state’s weather. 

Winds from the storm are expected to peak at about 75 mph, just above hurricane strength of 74 mph, today. But cooler waters and wind shear will weaken it by Wednesday afternoon, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. 

Oho may bring near-advisory-level surf to south and east shores of the Big Island. But the island will likely shield surf reaching other islands, forecasters said.

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