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Hurricane Center Eyeing Karina, Lowell

August 19, 2014, 1:16 PM HST
* Updated August 19, 1:20 PM
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Tropical Storm Karina was about 1,365 miles east of Hilo at 11 a.m. HST, moving about 5 mph westward with sustained winds of 50 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Earlier the NHC issued Tropical Storm advisories for Karina and for the larger Tropical Storm Lowell, located about 700 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Lowell, also with sustained winds of 50 mph, is traveling northwesterly about 8 mph and should lose strength as it reaches cooler waters. Forecasters say Karina also will be weakened as it is pulled northeastward by the flow around Lowell.

“Karina is expected to drift westward or even meander for the next 2 to 3 days,” said the NHC’s forecast discussion.

“Then, as Lowell passes to the north, the cyclone should turn northeastward with increased forward speed within the southwesterly flow associated with the large circulation of Lowell.”

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No local coastal hazards or advisories are in the current forecast.

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