CPHC, State Officials Closely Monior TD-96C
By: Jamilia Epping
Tropical Disturbance 96-C, about 900 miles southeast of Hilo as of 2 p.m., is being monitored by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
CPHC officials say the disturbance, described as an area of low pressure with showers and thunderstorms, is moving slowly to the north-northwest, with a 70 percent chance of formation in the next 48 hours.
An initial briefing was held by the National Weather Service with the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency, local emergency management, civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners regarding the disturbance’s track and potential impact.
Based on the meeting, HI-EMA reports that the track and impact of TD 96-C is extremely uncertain, however, heavy thunderstorm activity with favorable conditions for storm organization is possible over the next one to four days.
“We are working in tandem with NWS to keep a close watch on TD 96-C and are coordinating closely with local emergency management and civil defense agencies to ensure they are prepared for any potential impacts the storm may bring to our state,” said Vern Miyagi, Emergency Management administrator.
Based on NWS models, the storm could have potential impacts early next week, however, officials urge that the model remains uncertain.
Due to the close proximity to the state and high degree of uncertainty, TD 96-C will continue to be monitored closely.
Big Island Now will keep you updated as this storm develops.