Weather Update: Kilo Could Intensify Into Storm, May Reach Hawaii
On Sunday, Tropical depression Kilo will move across central Pacific towards the west end of Hawaii, intensifying into a tropical storm on Sunday.
According to Reuters, another storm, Loke, formed further west in the Pacific; enforcing a tropical storm watch issued for Midway Island. The storm watch is expected to be upgraded into a warning later Sunday.
Kilo carried sustained winds of up to 35 miles per hour, and was centered roughly 570 miles southwest of Honolulu by 5:00 a.m. Hawaiian time, Sunday. It was traveling west at about 15 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.
‘People in Hawaii should continue to pay attention to the forecast’
While it will continue to move in the subsequent 24 hours, forecasters say there will be a slight decrease in its forward speed.
The depression will cover the west-northwest through the weekend before moving northeast next week. Kilo continuing to either travel northeast or abating before moving west later next week will be essential in determining if flooding rain, high speed winds and coastal flooding will occur in Ni’ihau, Kaua’i and Oahu.
“There is considerable uncertainty as to where this system will make its turn toward the north, so people in Hawaii should continue to pay attention to the forecast and be ready for any changes over the next few days,” Robert Ballard of the National Weather Service and the hurricane center said, as reported by Hawaii News Now.
Uncertain whether Kilo will become a hurricane
Nevertheless, it has not been determined yet if Kilo will strengthen into a hurricane.
“Every tropical cyclone is different. Just because we have been lucky so far this season with Guillermo and Hilda does not mean we will be so lucky for the rest of the season,” Ballard further said.
A tropical storm warning was issued for parts of Antigua, Barbuda, Monteserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. Moreover, a storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and nearby islands, according to the National Weather Service.
The first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic Season, Danny, will reach close to or travel over parts of Leeward Islands late Sunday or early Monday. It will possibly abate to a tropical depression in 36 to 48 hours as it travels to near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the weather service said.
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