Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico


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.

The storm is centered about 1,160 miles west of the Azores and is moving north near 16 mph.

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.

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This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. It was moving west at 13 miles per hour (20 kph). "If it does, it will become Typhoon Hector".

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. The National Hurricane Center said it was likely to peak as a Category 3 hurricane before starting to weaken and turn out to sea as it passes west of the Baja California Peninsula late in the week.

Tropical Storm Ileana had been projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to Mexico's southwestern coast, bringing heavy surf, but forecasters said the storm was no longer expected to strengthen and should dissipate by late Tuesday because of the effects of the larger Hurricane John.

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“The probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is below normal due to the forecast for a below-average season.”.

Another tropical storm farther out in the Pacific and one in the northern Atlantic posed no threats to land.

Last week finished up with a hurricane and three disturbances in the East Pacific tropics.

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