Hurricane Ignacio To Move Towards Hawaii, But Will Weaken Along Its Course
Ignacio is moving towards Hawaii, but its worst effects are expected to miss Hawaii this week. Along with Hurricane Jimena and Hurricane Kilo, Ignacio becomes the third hurricane over the Pacific waters.
AccuWeather reports that Jimena will remain over the open waters of the Pacific this week and will cause discomfort to ships and vessels on the ocean. Ignacio will be nearing Hawaii, with some effects that will be felt across the islands. However, forecasters say that the current movement of Ignacio will relieve Hawaii from experiencing the worst effects of the hurricane.
Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii’s Big Island, is concerned about the heavy rains and sustained winds as Hurricane Ignacio will pass by this week. “I’m more worried about the rain. We’ve had over 10 inches in August, which is an anomaly for us. The trees are saturated already, and if we get some sustained winds, they could topple. That could cause quite a bit of damage,” Colden said.
He further said, “We’ve gone through this so many times. Unless it whips around the island and we take a direct hit, we should be OK.”
Mike LeSeney, senior meteorologist at AcccuWeather, said, “Ignacio will pass to the north of the Hawaiian Islands impacting the islands with rough surf and strong rip currents.”
On Monday, Ignacio is expected to move northwest towards the Hawaiian Islands. This movement will bring the hurricane in a zone of cooler waters, drier air and increased shear –factors that will lower the intensity of the hurricane, scaling it down to the status of a tropical storm by late Wednesday or Thursday. A few showers could be expected on Wednesday.
Several people said they are not excessively worried. Capt. Steve Turner, owner of Kohala Sail and Sea who runs sailing and snorkel tours from Kawaihae Harbor, said he will be conducting his business as usual.
“We’ve had some passengers call inquiring whether the tours are still on,” he said. “Lately we’ve had these storms going all around us, and we haven’t had much of an effect on this side (of the island). I’m not that worried.”
According to ABC News, Ignacio was still 380 miles east of Hilo as of 2 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time. “Ignacio would be the first hurricane to approach Hawaii from the east and pass to the north as a hurricane since Hiki in 1950,” meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
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