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Hurricane Walaka continues to weaken as it tracks northward

  • CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER

    The forecast track for Hurricane Walaka as of 11 a.m. today.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

Hurricane Walaka continued to weaken today as it tracks northward.

At 11 a.m. today, Walaka was located about 340 miles north of French Frigate Shoals and 735 miles northwest of Honolulu and was packing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph while moving north at 22 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. It is expected to turn toward the north-northwest and slow in forward speed today, followed by an acceleration toward the northeast on Friday and Saturday.

Gradual weakening is expected to continue during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Walaka’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles.

An earlier tropical storm warning remains for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument has been canceled.

8 a.m.

Hurricane Walaka continued to weaken this morning as it left the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in its wake.

At 8 a.m. today, Walaka was located about 275 miles north of French Frigate Shoals and 685 miles northwest of Honolulu and was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph while moving north at 20 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. It is expected to turn toward the north-northwest and slow in forward speed, followed by an acceleration toward the northeast on Friday and Saturday.

Gradual weakening is expected to continue during the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Walaka’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals to Maro Reef.

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Hurricane Walaka continued to weaken overnight as it passed the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

At 5 a.m. today, Walaka was located about 200 miles north of French Frigate Shoals and 660 miles northwest of Honolulu and was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 mph while moving north at 20 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. It is expected to slow its forward speed and turn toward the north-northwest later today and tonight.

From Friday through early Saturday morning, Walaka is forecast to move toward the north-northeast at a faster forward speed.

Gradual weakening is expected to continue during the next couple of days, but Walaka is forecast to remain a hurricane through early Friday morning.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Walaka’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals to Maro Reef.

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