Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

Hurricane Hector

At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ileana was located near latitude 15.7 degrees north and longitude 101.2 degrees west. Hurricane Hector, left, can be seen heading west toward Hawaii.

Debby's maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to dissipate in a few days without threatening land.

- Hurricane John advanced northwestward along Mexico's western coast on Wednesday and it was expected to stir up heavy surf and drop rain on the southern Baja California Peninsula while keeping away from landfall.

On Aug. 6 at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite found coldest temperatures of strongest thunderstorms (yellow) in Tropical Storm Ileana were as cold as or colder than.

The eye of the storm was 290 miles southeast of Hilo and 500 miles southeast of Honolulu by Wednesday morning, the NHC said, and it's projected to come within 150 miles of the Big Island.

A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves.

However, only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island late Tuesday or early Wednesday. This is the fourth named storm for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Tropical Storm Ileana also is growing while racing John up the coastline and is forecast to reach hurricane strength later Monday.

What's more, an El Nino, an anomalous warming in the tropical Pacific, is likely to develop, the Climate Prediction Center says, and that warming typically generates strong winds from the west that could add to the shearing.

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