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Hurricane Guillermo Begins to Slow Down

August 1, 2015, 6:38 AM HST
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Hurricane Guillermo is still under Category 2 status but has not changed in intensity since early Friday.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update, Hurricane Guillermo was located about 1,145 miles east-southeast of Hilo. Wind speeds as of Saturday remained at 105 miles per hour but the storm’s movement has continued to slightly slow down.

In Friday night’s NHC 11 p.m. update, the storm had begun to slightly weaken and as of 5 a.m. had slowed down to 14 miles per hour.

NHC says that the storm’s intensity has already peaked and is not expected to increase Saturday, but that a turn to the west-northwest direction and even more decrease in its speed should begin on Sunday.

Forecasts predict that by the time Hurricane Guillermo reaches the Hawaiian Islands, upper level winds will be even less favorable and that the storm would weaken to tropical storm status.

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With the potential impacts of the storm to the Hawaiian Islands, now is the time to make a plan and prepare should an impact occur.

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Stick with BigIslandNow.com as we continue to bring you the latest on Hurricane Guillermo.

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