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Hurricane Kiko in East Pacific expected to weaken to tropical storm

  • NWS Honolulu

    Topical cyclone update Sept. 16, 2019

  • COURTESY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

UPDATE, 11 P.M.

Hurricane Kiko continues to crawl westward as it weakens in the East Pacific.

Kiko, located 1,735 southeast of Hilo, has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and is moving west near 5 mph.

Additional weakening is expected tonight and Kiko is expected to become a tropical storm on Tuesday. Some re-strengthening is possible Wednesday and Thursday.

5 P.M.

Hurricane Kiko in the East Pacific continues to weaken and is expected to be a tropical storm by late Tuesday, forecasters said.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Kiko had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, a Category 1 hurricane, located 2,015 miles southeast of Hilo and 1,020 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, and moving west at 5 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 15 miles from Kiko’s center while tropical storm-force winds extend up to 60 miles, forecasters said.

The five-day forecast has Kiko as a weak tropical storm at the end of the week, still hundreds of miles from the Central Pacific.

The hurricane center is also watching three other developing weather systems in the East Pacific south of Mexico. Forecasters say two systems have a 90 percent chance of growing into tropical cyclones in the next two days, while the third has a 30 percent chance of growing into a cyclone within five days.

Likewise the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu is also watching three storm systems all far from the Hawaiian islands. Two have a 20 percent of developing into tropical cyclones in the next five days, while the third has a 40 percent chance, forecasters said.

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