UPDATE: Tropical Storm Henriette Could Bring Showers, Thunderstorms
by Wendy Osher
Updated 2:45 p.m. 08/09/13 with latest Big Island Forecast
Henriette has now weakened to a tropical storm overnight with maximum sustained winds dropping to 70 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
As of 5 a.m., the system was located 870 miles ESE of Hilo, 980 miles ESE of Kahului, 1035 miles ESE of Kaunakakai, and 1010 miles ESE of Lānaʻi City.
Forecasters with the CPHC say Henriette is moving toward the WSW at 13 mph, and should pass south of the main Hawaiian islands on Sunday, weakening to a depression early Saturday.
According to the NOAA weather service, Tropical Storm Henriette could bring both rain and thunderstorms to both east and west Hawai`i this evening.
Moving into the weekend, Hilo faces a 90% chance of showers (occasionally heavy) on Saturday, while Kona could experience occasional showers and thunderstorms.
Henriette is expected to continue weakening over the next 48 hours.