Tropical storm Debby strengthens in Atlantic but is expected to weaken soon

Pablo Tucker
August 9, 2018

"The cloud pattern of Debby this morning is definitely typical of a tropical cyclone instead of a subtropical system with moderate convection wrapping around the center, and a well defined upper-level outflow in the eastern semicircle", forecasters said.

The center of the storm will pass between 100 and 150 miles south of South Point sometime during the day on Wednesday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 160 miles [260 km] to the northeast of the center".

Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state.

The storm was centered about 1,160 miles (1,870 kilometers) west of the Azores and was moving north near 16 mph (26 kph).

Wind: Tropical-storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible across the Big Island late Tuesday and Wednesday.

This will keep Hector's eyewall with its strongest winds and heaviest rain well south of the Big Island.

The active season in the Pacific contrasts to the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic. But often, the effect is additive when hurricanes come together - we usually end up with one massive storm instead of two smaller ones.

An American-based meteorology group has said cool water in the Atlantic could lead to fewer tropical storms this year. Debby poses no threat to land, the hurricane center said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release its updated mid-season hurricane forecast on Thursday.

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