Tropical Storm Felicia Heads For Hawaii

Tropical Storm Felicia track fcst

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TROPICAL STORM FELICIA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER  24A
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI   EP082009
800 AM HST SUN AUG 09 2009

...TROPICAL STORM FELICIA WEAKENING RAPIDLY AS IT HEADS TOWARD THE
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE BIG ISLAND OF
HAWAII...AND FOR ALL OF MAUI COUNTY...WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS
OF MAUI...KAHOOLAWE...LANAI...AND MOLOKAI.

INTERESTS IN THE REMAINDER OF THE STATE OF HAWAII...INCLUDING THE
ISLANDS OF OAHU...KAUAI...AND NIIHAU...SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR
THE PROGRESS OF FELICIA.

AT 800 AM HST...1800 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FELICIA
WAS LOCATED BY AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT NEAR LATITUDE 20.9
NORTH...LONGITUDE 146.5 WEST OR ABOUT 555 MILES EAST OF HILO...
HAWAII AND ABOUT 735 MILES EAST OF HONOLULU...HAWAII.

FELICIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 14 MPH...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
ON THIS TRACK...THE CENTER OF FELICIA IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR...OR
OVER...THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS BY LATE MONDAY.

THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON THE AIRCRAFT DATA ARE NEAR 55
MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES FROM THE
CENTER.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE JUST MEASURED BY THE AIRCRAFT WAS 1001
MB...29.56 INCHES.

EVEN THOUGH FELICIA IS STILL EAST OF THE HAWAIIIAN ISLANDS THIS
MORNING...A BUILDING SWELL GENERATED BY THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WILL
BEGIN TO IMPACT EAST FACING SHORES OF THE EASTERN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
LATER TODAY. LARGE SURF IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD TO EAST FACING SHORES
OF ALL ISLANDS TONIGHT AND MONDAY.

...SUMMARY OF 800 AM HST INFORMATION...
LOCATION...20.9N 146.5W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...55 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WEST OR 285 DEGREES AT 14 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1001 MB

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE
CENTER AT 1100 AM HST.
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