Subtropical Storm Debby develops in the Atlantic

by Edgar Hayes August 9, 2018, 8:09
Subtropical Storm Debby develops in the Atlantic

Hurricane Hector, a major storm in the Central Pacific, has weakened slightly as it continues churning closer to the islands.

The storm, which has been monitored for the last few days, was located 1160 miles west of the Azores in the northern Atlantic Ocean, according to the 11 am advisory from the NHC. Hence, the tropical storm warning mentioned earlier.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs.

However, only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island later tonight or on Wednesday. "If it does, it will become Typhoon Hector".

Service of Jamaica is reporting that tropical storm Debby, which is not a threat to Jamaica, has strengthened slightly as it makes its way towards the North Atlantic. A tropical storm watch means damaging winds, damaging surf and flooding rains are possible anytime within the next 48 hours. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause risky rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches.

More than two months into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the forecasters' predictions of a quiet year appear to be accurate.

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

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