Tropical Storm Ana churns its way towards Hawaiian Islands
Tropical Storm Ana is moving closer to the Hawaiian Islands.
It’s centered at 11 a.m. HST / 5 p.m. EDT, about 465 miles southeast of Hilo and 665 miles southeast of Honolulu, moving toward the west. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected today, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Ana will pass near the Big Island Friday night and Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Ana is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday.
A Tropical Storm Watch continues for Hawaii County, including the city of Hilo. Tropical storm conditions are possible there within 36 hours. Interests elsewhere in the main Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Ana, as watches may be required later today or tonight for additional islands.
Tropical storm conditions are possible on the Big Island of Hawaii starting late Friday.
Large swells produced by Ana are expected to build over the eastern end of the main Hawaiian island chain tonight and Friday morning. These large swells will continue to spread up the island chain through the weekend. Surf produced by these swells could potentially be damaging along exposed shorelines beginning late Friday and Saturday, and persisting through the weekend in some areas.
Heavy rainfall associated with Ana may reach the Big Island of Hawaii Friday afternoon. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Get the latest information, including graphics, at NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center website at: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tcpages/?storm=ANA