Hurricane Julio moving northwestward, tracking north of islands -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Hurricane Julio moving northwestward, tracking north of islands

(Source: KHNL (Source: KHNL
At 5 a.m. Saturday the center of Hurricane Julio was located 500 miles east of Hilo and 685 miles east of Honolulu.  According to forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Julio, a Category 2 hurricane, is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts. Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, but Julio is forecast to remain a hurricane through Sunday night. 

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 165 miles.

The forecast track for Hurricane Julio remains north of the Hawaiian islands, with the center of the storm passing north of the state Sunday into Monday. The track is still has the storm close to the islands, forecasters say, "It is important to note that...while the forecast track takes Julio north of and parallel to the main Hawaiian islands...interests there should watch for developments with this system closely."

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for east-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and the Big Island until 6 a.m. Monday. Surf heights are expected to increase even further on Sunday, potentially to warning levels. Forecasters expect waves to be between 8 and 12 feet but may increase later Saturday and Sunday. 

Julio is the fifth hurricane of the 2014 Eastern North Pacific Season, which runs through November 30.

Stay tuned for the latest forecasts and check out our HNN Hurricane page and Interactive Radar.

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Here are some tips from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens...

  • Secure loose outdoor objects that might be blown away by high winds, and become flying debris. 
  • Boats should be moored securely, or moved to a designated safe area well before the storm arrives. 
  • Windows should be boarded up. Larger windows may be broken by wind pressure, while smaller windows are mainly damaged by wind driven debris. 
  • If evacuation is required, be sure to take your disaster supply kit when leaving for a designated shelter. Keep in mind that evacuation routes may become flooded or cut off, even before the full force of the tropical cyclone arrives.
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