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Tropical storm and depression in East Pacific seen dissipating by weekend

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
                                Tropical Storm Hilda’s location was seen relative to Hawaii as of 5 a.m. today.

    NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

    Tropical Storm Hilda’s location was seen relative to Hawaii as of 5 a.m. today.

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
                                The 5-day forecast track for Tropical Storm Hilda.

    NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

    The 5-day forecast track for Tropical Storm Hilda.

A storm system about 1,300 miles southwest regenerated back into Tropical Depression Nine-E, and may briefly grow into a weak tropical storm before weakening and dissipating over the weekend.

Late this morning, Nine-E had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving north-northwest at 7 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It is expected to be a tropical storm Thursday, but fall back to a depression Friday when it enters the Central Pacific, then dissipate into a post-tropical remnant low this weekend “as it encounters a very hostile environment (for further development),” still hundreds of miles east of Hilo, according to forecasters.

Further off in the East Pacific, Tropical Storm Hilda continues on track to weaken and is expected to dissipate by Saturday before it reaches the Central Pacific.

Neither storm presents any threat to land.

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Tropical Storm Hilda continued to weaken overnight and weather officials expect the trend to continue.

As of 5 a.m. today, Hilda was packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and centered 1,795 miles east of Hilo while moving west-northwest at 9 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hilda is expected to continue weakening over the next two days, likely becoming a tropical depression later today and a remnant low tonight or Thursday, according to weather officials.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from Hilda’s center.

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