Julio Stirs Up Rough Seas, Passes Safely North of Hawaii
UPDATED 5 PM HST, August 10, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
After being stuck by Tropical Storm Iselle late last week, the Aloha State is breathing a sigh of relief with Hurricane Julio passing safely to the north and northeast of mid-Pacific island chain. Its only impacts will be limited to dangerous surf and rip currents through early next week.
As of 11 a.m. HST (5 p.m. EDT), Hurricane Julio was located near 24.6 N and 152.9 W, or 345 miles northeast of Kahului, Hawaii, and 390 miles northeast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Julio`s top sustained winds have increased to 90 mph, making it a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It is moving slowly northwest at 13 mph, and its minimum central pressure has dropped to 982 mb, or 29.00 inches of mercury.
The primary impact from Julio will be large surf and dangerous rip currents along northern and eastern facing beaches of the Aloha State through Monday.
Julio`s track northwest will take it even further away from Hawaii through Tuesday, where it will weaken to a tropical storm as it travels across cooler ocean waters. By late this week, Julio will likely weaken into a tropical depression while harmlessly drifting northward across the central Pacific Ocean.
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