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Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

15 July 2017

Fernanda became a major hurricane early Friday and is expected to continue strengthening as it tracks west toward Hawaii.

The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving westward to west-northwestward toward the Central Pacific.

Fernanda continues to strengthen, and now has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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The NWS added that it is too early to know what effects, if any, Hurricane Fernanda will have on the Big Island or the State of Hawai'i.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Fernanda is 1,060 miles southwest of Baja California, Mexico, and about 2,600 miles from Hilo.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

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The system is not now a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, however, a long period east swell from Fernanda is forecast to arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday. The storm was heading in the general direction of Hawaii, but forecasters said it is expected to lose strength in the coming days.

When the storm crosses into the Central Pacific, the forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Oahu will take the lead in monitoring the storm.

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Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West