Tropical Storm Debby heads to North Atlantic; not a threat to Jamaica

Hurricane Hector

The Hawaii Coast Guard issued the warning because “winds 39 mph or higher are possible”

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Big Island of Hawaii as Hurricane Hector on Tuesday kept churning west across the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Debby poses no threat to land, as the storm is located about 1,150 miles west-northwest of the Azores.

Hector's center will track about 150 miles south of the Big Island today, then continuing westward, remaining well south of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands through Thursday. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, risky surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

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The storm will continue moving west after it passes by Hawaii. "If it does, it will become Typhoon Hector". It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf. Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric.

The tropical Atlantic remains cooler than normal and there is a relatively high potential that a weak El Niño develops in the next several months.

Service of Jamaica is reporting that tropical storm Debby, which is not a threat to Jamaica, has strengthened slightly as it makes its way towards the North Atlantic. But often, the effect is additive when hurricanes come together - we usually end up with one massive storm instead of two smaller ones.

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