Although it rapidly strengthened Monday, Hurricane Orlene started weakening overnight and is projected to turn west in a few days toward the Central Pacific.
Still a Category 2 hurricane, Orlene is too far away to say if it will affect Hawaii’s weather next week.
At 5 a.m., Orlene was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It was 605 miles west-southwest of Baja California, Mexico, traveling north-northeast at 5 mph.
Hurricane-force winds extend 25 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend 90 miles from the center.
The storm is expected to slow and strengthen over the next day or so, before it turns north and then west, picks up speed and starts gradually weakening.