Hawaii braces for tropical storm Ana to become a hurricane – briefly

Tropical storm Ana should pass just to the south of the Hawaiian island chain and may clip the Big Island or the island of Kauai. 

Weather Underground/AP
This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT shows tropical storm Ana 490 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum winds of 60 miles per hour moving westward.

Tropical Storm Ana is expected to deliver heavy rain and potentially destructive winds to the southern half of Hawaii's Big Island in the next couple of days, meteorologists said Thursday.

Ana likely will become a hurricane by Friday evening but return to tropical storm strength Saturday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Tanabe said.

That's also when the storm is forecast to be closest to the island – about 85 to 90 miles offshore to the southwest.

The storm will be farther from the coast than predicted earlier, forecasters said Thursday. It also will be a hurricane for a shorter period than previously thought.

"Right now, we expect the main impacts to be on the Big Island," Tanabe said. The weather service has issued a tropical storm watch for the island.

The storm likely will bring 40 to 50 mph winds to the Big Island's Kau, Puna and South Kona districts. Tanabe warned that winds of this strength can blow down trees and knock out power.

The soil in the Kau district already is heavily saturated from recent thunderstorms, raising the risk of flooding there.

The weather service issued a flash flood watch for the entire state from Friday through Sunday, indicating flooding is possible anywhere in the archipelago, said Chris Brenchley, a weather service meteorologist.

Between 5 to 10 inches of rain may fall, though locally some areas could get 20 inches or more, he said.

Ana (AH - nah) is expected to lose some power as it moves northwest along the island chain.

It could bring 40 mph to 50 mph winds to Oahu – which is home to Honolulu, the state's biggest city – and Kauai. Gusts could reach up to 75 mph near the storm's center.

"It will weaken, but it still will be packing some pretty strong winds," Tanabe said.

The current forecast calls for Ana to approach Oahu and Kauai more closely than the Big Island, but it will likely be a tropical storm and not a hurricane at that point.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
Real news can be honest, hopeful, credible, constructive.
What is the Monitor difference? Tackling the tough headlines – with humanity. Listening to sources – with respect. Seeing the story that others are missing by reporting what so often gets overlooked: the values that connect us. That’s Monitor reporting – news that changes how you see the world.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to Hawaii braces for tropical storm Ana to become a hurricane – briefly
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today