UPDATE: CPHC Tracks Three Storms, Ela Downgraded
*** Updated at 2:30 p.m. to include information from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update. ***
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center continues to watch two tropical depressions in the Central Pacific.
As of 2 p.m., Tropical Depression Two-C is located about 500 miles to the south of Hilo and 625 miles to the south of Honolulu. The storm system continues to move at a rate of about 8 miles per hour in a northwest direction with maximum winds at 35 mph.
In addition, Tropical Depression One-C is 1,175 miles to the southwest of Honolulu. The storm system continues to move at a rate of about 9 miles per hour to the west-northwest with maximum winds at 35 mph.
No additional tropical cyclones are expected to form in the area over the next 48 hours.
*** Updated at 11:20 a.m. to include information from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update. ***
According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update, Tropical Depression One-C is currently 385 miles to the south-southwest of Johnston Island and about 1,515 miles to the east of Wake Island. As of 8 a.m., Tropical Depression One-C was about 1125 miles to the southwest of Honolulu. Currently, the storm is traveling at about 9 miles per hour to the west-northwest.
A second storm being watched closely is Tropical Depression Two-C. As of CPHC’s 11 a.m. update, Tropical Depression Two-C is about 665 miles to the south-southeast of Honolulu and about 1020 miles to the east-southeast of Johnston Island. The system is moving at 8 mph in a northwest direction.
*** Origial story posted at 9:08 a.m.***
Three storms continue to be tracked in Central Pacific region, as the Central Pacific Hurricane Center downgraded Ela from a tropical storm to a post-tropical cyclone Thursday evening, and upgraded two storms also in the area to tropical depressions.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Ela was located about 405 miles to the east-northeast of Hilo, as of 5 a.m. Friday. Ela is traveling in a west-northwest direction at about 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds at 35 miles per hour. CPHC continues to forecast that Ela will track to the northeast of the islands as the weekend progresses.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, CPHC reports that Tropical Depression Two-C is currently located about 575 miles to the south of Hilo. The storm is traveling west at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
An additional storm, named Tropical Depression One-C, is located about 1,125 miles to the southwest of Honolulu with maximum sustained winds at 35 mph.
CPHC forecasts that the trade winds will be disrupted throughout the islands by these storm systems, which will bring muggy weather conditions throughout the weekend. Widespread heavy rain is not expected, but localyl heavy showers and a chance of thunderstorms is possible beginning Saturday night and lasting through Sunday night.
Surf along east facing shores will be influenced by a swell generated by Ela, which will continue to build until Sunday morning, according to CPHC. South-southwest swells will generate moderate surf throughout the weekend before beginning to subside next week.
A high surf advisory for east facing shores is in effect through Sunday morning..