Hurricane Oho missed Hawaii and is speeding away from the state tonight. But it could bring rain to Washington state as it passes offshore Thursday and it will likely bring heavy rain and strong winds to Alaska and British Columbia starting Thursday night.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oho was moving quickly away from Hawaii to the north-northeast at about 39 mph. The storm was about 1,155 miles northeast of Hilo and 1,195 miles northeast of Honolulu.
Maximum sustained winds weakened from a high of about 110 mph early this morning to 75 mph.
Oho is expected to continue to weaken because of wind shear and cooler temperatures, but should regain hurricane strength as it nears the mainland.
Oho’s rains could be heavy enough to cause flash flooding and rock slides in British Columbia and Alaska, according to Accuweather.com.
Accuweather’s Senior Meteorologist and Canada Weather Expert Brett Anderson said: “From 3 to 5 inches [75-125 mm] of rain is likely with wind gusts of 60-80 mph along the coast Thursday night and Friday.”
Meanwhile, in the East Pacific, forecasters are watching another low pressure system about 1,250 miles southeast of Baja California.
That system has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone and could cross into the Central Pacific by the end of the weekend.