Hurricane Ignacio is gradually weakening, but is still a powerful Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 115 mph. Cool water and increasingly hostile wind shear ahead of Ignacio will cause it to weaken further through Monday, eventually becoming a tropical storm by Wednesday or Thursday, as it passes north of the Hawaiian Islands. Rough surf and strong rip currents, along with some wind and rain could impact the islands.
Hurricane Jimena is located about 1,525 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Jimena is on the verge of becoming a very powerful Category 5 hurricane. However, Jimena will track west or west-northwest into cooler waters and stronger wind shear by the middle of this week leading to gradual weakening of the storm in the long range. No direct impact to land is forecast this week, but increased swells may head toward Hawaii late this week.
Hurricane Kilo is located over 625 miles west-northwest of Johnston Island and well west of the Hawaiian Islands. Kilo is located in a zone of warm ocean waters and low wind shear, so additional strengthening is forecast over the next several days. Kilo will continue on a west then northwest track for the next couple of days, well away from the Hawaiian Islands.
By AccuWeather Meteorologists Becky Elliott and Andy Mussoline
060 ABPZ20 KNHC 302338 TWOEP TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 500 PM PDT SUN AUG 30 2015 For the eastern North Pacific...east of 140 degrees west longitude: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on major Hurricane Jimena, located well east of the Big Island of Hawaii. Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located about 650 miles miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, have become better organized since yesterday. Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and this system is likely to become a tropical depression during the next day or two while it begins to move northwestward at about 10 mph. If development has not occurred by mid-week, less favorable upper-level winds could make tropical cyclone formation less likely. * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent $$ Forecaster Kimberlain