Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Subtropical Storm Debby forms in north Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Debby forms in north Atlantic

The County of Hawai'i is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

But as we head towards the peak of hurricane season, the lack of serious storms in the Atlantic so far this season does not mean that things can't change.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs.

Tropical storm-force winds extend 90 miles from the center of the storm, and hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles.

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Enhanced rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector will affect the Puna and Ka'ū Districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

As a precaution, Hawaii County officials closed three beaches on the Big Island, according to Hawaii News Now. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf. It was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). Hector is expected to weaken over cooler water before its center passes within 200 miles of the Big Island later this week, according to AccuWeather, though the island's southern tip is included in the NHC's five-day storm forecast cone.

More than two months into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the forecasters' predictions of a quiet year appear to be accurate.

- Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm. Debby poses no threat to land, the hurricane center said.

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