Tropical Storm Nora entered the Central Pacific tonight and could be near hurricane strength by Monday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.
At 11 p.m., Nora was about 1,075 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
Forecasters say that this general motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles, officials said.
Nora was the 14th tropical storm to form in the East Pacific this season.
Nora may bring some surf to east and south shores, but if the storm continues on its projected path, it doesn’t appear likely that there will be direct effects on Hawaii’s weather.
However, forecasters caution that the path and intensity of the storm could still change.