Hilda has been downgraded to a tropical storm, is forecast pass south of the Big Island of Hawaii Thursday, and is rapidly weakening. The storm may still produce heavy rains, and Big Island is still under a tropical storm watch. Please pray for the storm to continue to weaken, for it to continue to track south of the main Hawaiian Islands, and for the safety of those in the watch area.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
AT 500 AM HST, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HILDA WAS LOCATED NEAR LAT. 17.5 N & LONG. 152.0 W. HILDA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH. THIS SLOW MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY FOLLOWED BY A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE WEST AND AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WEAKENING IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND HILDA IS FORECAST TO BE A TROPICAL DEPRESSION TONIGHT OR THURSDAY AND A REMNANT LOW BY THURSDAY NIGHT.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM HILDA WILL PRODUCE LARGE AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING SURF ALONG EAST AND SOUTHEAST FACING SHORES OF PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT DAY.
RAINFALL: HILDA MAY PRODUCE 6 TO 12 INCHES OF RAINFALL WITH MAXIMUM VALUES OF UP TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE ALONG AND NORTH OF ITS PATH. THESE RAINS COULD RESULT IN LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.