Please pray for Tropical Storm Darby to weaken and miss the main Hawaiian Islands. The eye of this storm is currently forecast to closely pass by the Big Island in the next 48 hours. Please pray for the safety and preparations of all in the path of the storm. Please read the latest update from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center below the photo
TROPICAL STORM DARBY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 42A
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI EP052016
800 PM HST THU JUL 21 2016 DARBY MOVING WESTWARD TOWARD HAWAII
SUMMARY OF 800 PM HST…0600 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 490 MI…790 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 690 MI…1110 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 265 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…997 MB…29.44 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for…
* Hawaii County
* Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe
A Tropical Storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Darby. Watches may be required for additional islands later tonight or Friday.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 800 PM HST (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Darby was located near latitude 18.8 North, longitude 147.6 West. Darby is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours, with a slight decrease in forward speed expected late Friday into Saturday.
On the forecast track, the center of Darby will pass very close to,or over, the Big Island on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical-storm-force winds are possible over the Big Island and portions of Maui county on Saturday.
SURF: Swells generated by Darby are expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands over the next couple of days, possibly becoming damaging along some coastlines Friday and Saturday.
RAINFALL: Heavy rains associated with Darby are expected to reach the Big Island and portions of Maui county late Friday, potentially impacting the remainder of the state Saturday. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods as well as rock and mud slides.