Tropical Storm Niala- Update #5

Overnight (September 25, 2015), Tropical Storm Niala formed approximately 460 miles Southeast of the Big Island.  The forecast track of Tropical Storm Niala has it passing south of the Main Hawaiian Islands, and the storm could possibly bring heavy rainfall to the Big Island of Hawaii.  Please pray for the safety of all on the Big Island who could be be dealing with possible flash floods and mudslides associated with the storm.

Tropical Disturbance Update #5

SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST INFORMATION ———————————————-
LOCATION…15.1N 150.1W ABOUT 460 MI…735 KM SE OF HILO HAWAII ABOUT 665 MI…1075 KM SE OF HONOLULU HAWAII MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 7 MPH…11 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHES.

WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————–
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. INTERESTS IN THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL STORM NIALA. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY BR REQUIRED FOR THE BIG ISLAND LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ——————————
AT 500 AM HST…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM NIALA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 15.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 150.1 WEST. NIALA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 7 MPH…11 KM/H. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING…WITH A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. NIALA IS FORECAST TO TURN TOWARD THE WEST FROM SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL INTENSIFICATION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 75 MILES…120 KM FROM THE CENTER.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————-
SURF…SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM NIALA WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED SURF MAINLY ALONG EAST AND SOUTHEAST FACING SHORES OF PORTIONS OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS…ESPECIALLY THE BIG ISLAND…STARTING THIS WEEKEND AND CONTINUING INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. RAINFALL…DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM NIALA WILL LIKELY REACH PARTS OF THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS THIS WEEKEND. THIS ENHANCED TROPICAL MOISTURE MAY PRODUCE LIFE THREATENING FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES FROM THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK…MAINLY OVER PORTIONS OF THE BIG ISLAND.

Tropical Disturbance #4

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