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Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Hurricane Hector Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic
Sherry Houston | 10 August, 2018, 13:30

"Swells generated by John are expected to begin affecting the coasts of southwestern Mexico and the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula during the next day or so", the NHC said. It was moving west-northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). The strongest is major category 4 Hurricane Hector, forecast to track south of the Big Island of Hawaii Wednesday where a tropical storm warning is in effect.

Hector is centered less than 300 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving west.

Still, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch Monday for parts of the Big Island, including Hawaii County, where Kilauea Volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures in three months.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "At 1100 AM AST [1500 UTC], the center of Subtropical Storm Debby was located near latitude 38.9 North, longitude 48.5 West".

Residents along the affected shores should be alert for high and unsafe surf conditions. Both are in effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Combined with high tides, this could lead to some overwash of low-lying coastal areas and perhaps some beach erosion.

"Debby is already moving over cooler waters, so a gradual weakening is anticipated before the system becomes extratropical and then gets absorbed by a larger trough", forecasters said.

Rain: Enhanced rainfall from the deep tropical moisture around Hector will affect the Puna and Ka'u Districts of Hawaii Island, and some of those rain showers may be locally heavy at times, especially on east and southeast-facing slopes. The center of the storm is expected to move away from warmer ocean waters.

Latest forecast track for John.

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