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UPDATE: Remnants of Daniel May Bring Rain Thursday

July 9, 2012, 2:37 PM HST
* Updated July 11, 8:40 AM
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***Updated at 5 p.m. on July 10.***

Hurricane Daniel has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it continues its movement toward the cooler waters of the central Pacific, the National Hurricane Center said today.

Just before 4 p.m. today, Daniel, which is expected to soon become a tropical depression, was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 17 mph.

The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to weaken to a remnant low-pressure system on Thursday. At that point it will be located 700 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

The weather service said a large area of enhanced moisture associated with Daniel will bring increased showers to the state Thursday afternoon,  with most of the rainfall focused over windward areas.

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The moisture is expected to move to the west Friday night followed by normal trade wind showers through the weekend.

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Meanwhile, Hurricane Emilia became the first Category 4 storm in the Pacific this season before losing some punch this afternoon.

Emilia, which this evening was located about 700 miles south-southwest of Baja California, was still packing sustained winds of 110 mph this evening but was expected to drop below hurricane strength by Friday.

 

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