11 P.M. UPDATE: Ana Quickens; Kauai & Ni’ihau In Forecast Cone
The latest update on Tropical Storm Ana was just released by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Ana is becoming more organized at this hour with a partial eye wall detected on satellite imagery. There are no changes with regard to watches and warnings posted for the island of Hawai’i. The intensity is holding at 65 mph, gusting to 75 mph and expected to briefly become a hurricane tomorrow. Forward movement has increased a notch as Ana is now moving west-northwest at 14 mph.
Currently, tropical storm Ana was last located near 15.2 N and 153 W, about 340 miles south-southeast of Hilo; 370 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona and 310 miles southeast of South Point.
These storms are notorious for being unpredictable so we are keeping a close eye on the situation and will bring you the latest developments as they occur. Having said that, the statistical chance of tropical storm conditions has continued to decrease for all areas under the tropical storm watch.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center states on their website, “Based on the latest forecast, there is little chance for hurricane conditions at this time. Also, the chance for tropical storm conditions at this time is 27 percent at South Point, 21 percent at Kailua Kona, and 9 percent at Hilo. This represents a general downward trend since the last forecast.”