Subtropical storm Debby forms in the deep Atlantic

Subtropical storm Debby forms in the deep Atlantic

Hector is expected to pass 200 miles South of the big island of Hawaii on Wednesday.

The storm was moving west at roughly 16 miles per hour.

However, only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island later tonight or on Wednesday.

High rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector is predicted to affect the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state.

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

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The CSU has forecast nine more named storms before the season ends in November, with three expected to become hurricanes and one a major hurricane. A tropical storm watch means damaging winds, damaging surf and flooding rains are possible anytime within the next 48 hours.

The active season in the Pacific contrasts to the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic.

Hurricane season runs through November 30. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause unsafe rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

Irish weather expect Alan O'Reilly explained on the Carlow Weather Facebook page: "The storm in the Atlantic has been named as Debbie, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season as the Subtropical Storm has formed in the Atlantic 900 miles west-southwest of the Azores".

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