Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Fernanda Intensifies to Hurricane, Hawai'i Forecasters

Fernanda Intensifies to Hurricane, Hawai'i Forecasters

The hurricane center said Fernanda could continue to strengthen as it heads west in the general direction of Hawaii, though the storm is expected to weaken within three days.

That's about 975 miles (1,570 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

"Some additional strengthening is possible tonight". The US National Hurricane Center reports that the storm's maximum sustained winds are at 145 miles per hour (230 kph). A tropical depression is expected to form early next week as the system moves slowly toward the west-northwest. The size of this swell will be dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the system, Honolulu-based forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Fernanda Advisory #011. 8 a.m. PDT Fri Jul 14 2017. PC NOAA  NWS  National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Fernanda Advisory #011. 8 a.m. PDT Fri Jul 14 2017. PC NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

The National Weather Service is tracking Hurricane Fernanda.

The NWS added that it is too early to know what effects, if any, Hurricane Fernanda will have on the Big Island or the State of Hawai'i.

By July 14 at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Fernanda was located near 11.0 degrees north latitude and 117.9 degrees west longitude.

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