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Forecasters watching developing weather system in Central Pacific

  • NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

    This composite satellite image of the Central Pacific shows a developing low pressure system about 1,550 miles southwest of Hawaii this evening, near the equator, that could develop into a tropical cyclone.

Forecasters are watching a developing weather system far south of Hawaii that could become the second tropical cyclone of the year in the Central Pacific.

The area of strong thunderstorms about 1,550 miles southeast of Honolulu has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in a special weather outlook statement this afternoon.

“Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development over the next couple of days as the system drifts toward the north and northwest,” forecasters said.

If it reaches tropical depression strength, the system would be the second cyclone of 2016 in the Central Pacific.

Tropical Depression 9C formed in the Central Pacific on Dec. 31, before weakening to a post-tropical depression remnant on Jan. 1 and moving past the International date line into the Western Pacific.

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