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Hurricane Guillermo on a path to Hawaii

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Hawaii County Civil Defense 5:45 p.m. message on Hurricane Guillermo

UPDATED (11:15 p.m. on 8/2/2015)

Position of Hurricane Guillermo provided by CPHC

Position of Hurricane Guillermo provided by CPHC

As of 11 p.m. HST Sunday (Aug 2) the center of Hurricane Guillermo was located 675 miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest near 10 mph and on a path for the main Hawaiian Islands. The system is a Category One hurricane according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Guillermo is forecast to reach the Big Island with Tropical Storm force winds Wednesday (Aug 5).

Hurricane Guillermo has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. These hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). Do not just concentrate on the center of the system. The CPHC may issue a coastal watch status as early as Monday morning.

A high surf advisory has been issued for north and east shores of Hawaii Island due to hurricane generated surf.

Although the forecast is for Guillermo to be a Tropical Storm when it reaches Hawaii residents should be on alert due to strong winds, rains, lightning strikes and ocean surf which can create dangerous and deadly conditions. Should the progress of Guillermo moving west slow this could create winds, heavy rainfall and large waves over a longer period of time. Residents should on alert for flooding conditions.

It should be noted that Iselle was a Tropical Storm when it reached Hawaii Island in 2014, it was not a hurricane, yet it caused considerable damage due to the strong winds. The time to prepare is now.

For a reminder of how to prepare during this hurricane system read these tips by HELCO or go to our ‘Be Prepared’ menu near the top of this page for hurricane information.


Hurricane Guillermo follows ‘hurricane alley’ across the Eastern Pacific on track towards Hawaii. July 30 to August 2, 2015. Video of GOES-15 Satellite imagery via NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 8 p.m. HST Sunday, August 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 8 p.m. HST Sunday, August 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project


 

2014 Path for Tropical Storm Iselle (formerly Hurricane Iselle) which made landfall on Hawaii Island

The National Hurricane Center Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Iselle in 2014. The path for Hurricane Iselle which was a Tropical Storm when it made landfall on Hawaii Island.

The National Hurricane Center Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Iselle in 2014. The path for Hurricane Iselle which was a Tropical Storm when it made landfall on Hawaii Island.

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