Saturday Update: Darby’s Path Stays Steady, Passing West of Big Island Today
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. Saturday public advisory that Darby was about 140 miles east-southeast of Hilo and about 295 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, moving west at about 22 mph. It will be west of the Big Island by 2 p.m. today, according to the Center. It’s expected to continue on that path during the next couple of days.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported Darby is forecast to become a tropical depression this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for east facing shores of Hawaii Island through Monday.
The High Surf Warning for all south facing shores and the Wind Advisory for south, southeast, and north areas of Hawaii Island remains in effect through Monday.
Due to the High Surf Advisory and High Surf Warning;
Eight to 12 foot waves for east facing shores and 15 to 20 foot waves for south facing shores of Hawaii Island are expected.
High tide late today and tomorrow could enhance coastal flooding.
Two to 4 inches of rain along portions of the windward side and breezy trade winds across the Island and higher gusts in the South Point area are forecast.
Beach-goers, swimmers, and surfers, please exercise caution as strong breaking waves, shore break, and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous are expected.
A number of beaches and events were closed or postponed out of safety for the passing weather.