Tropical Storm Erick continues to strengthen as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii and is expected to build up into a hurricane this Monday.
“Here is a recent longwave infrared satellite image of recently named Tropical Storm Erick in the eastern Pacific Ocean between Baja Californina and Hawaii. Maximum sustain winds are 40 mph.” states the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service expects Erick to become a hurricane by late Monday and will continue to strengthen throughout Tuesday. Increasing rainfall chances along with windy conditions will remain a possibility toward the end of the week as Erick passes near the islands.
The center of the storm was approximately 1,965 miles east of Hilo and moving west near 17 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is expected to affect the state around Friday. It is expected to happen late Thursday or early Friday.
While it will most likely approach Hawaii as a tropical storm with weaker winds, it’ll still bring a lot of rainfall.
Where’s the other Tropical Depression rising? NHC Forecast
National Hurricane Center is also tracking a second tropical depression, Seven-E, which has formed in the Eastern Pacific and was about 600 miles southwest of Mexico overnight. It is most likely to become a hurricane in two to three days, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory late Sunday morning. It’s forecast to become a tropical storm Sunday.
Terms to Know:
The areas in the cone showing
- D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
- S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
- H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
- M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH