Hurricane Hilda Update #4- Tropical Storm Watch Issued

Hurricane Hilda is gradually weakening, but it is currently directed right toward the Big Island. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawaii County. Please pray for Hilda to continue to weaken, for the storm to go past the Hawaiian Islands, and for people to prepare for Hilda’s arrival.
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WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR HAWAII COUNTY.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF HILDA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA, PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN HONOLULU, HAWAII.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 500 AM HST, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE HILDA WAS LOCATED NEAR LAT 17.5 N & LONG 151.3 W. HILDA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 85 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. STEADY WEAKENING IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS WITH HILDA FORECAST TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM BY TONIGHT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES FROM THE CENTER. AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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SURF: SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE HILDA WILL PRODUCE LARGE AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING SURF ALONG EAST AND SOUTHEAST FACING SHORES OF PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

RAINFALL: HILDA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE VERY HEAVY RAIN OVER PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS FROM LATE WEDNESDAY INTO THE WEEKEND. THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES.

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