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Ignacio is a category four hurricane, tropical storm watch for Hawaii Island

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 11 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015 Ignacio track update.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 11 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015 Ignacio track update.

Five day forecast for tropical storm force winds from Ignacio and Jimena.

Five day forecast for tropical storm force winds from Ignacio and Jimena.


Time lapse infrared movies of the Pacific Ocean with Tropical Cyclones Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena. Images courtesy of NRL Monterey


5:10 p.m. HST Saturday (Aug 29) Hawaii County Civil Defense message on Hurricane Ignacio

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As of 11 p.m. HST Saturday (Aug 29) the center of Hurricane Ignacio was located about 495 miles (800 km) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Maximum sustained winds are about 145 mph (230 km/hr) with higher gusts moving northwest at 8 mph (13 km/hr). Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawaii Island and Maui County, tropical storm conditions are possible for Hawaii Island starting Sunday night (Aug 30). Rainfall in the amounts of two to four inches with isolated maximum amounts near six inches in higher elevation areas are possible on Hawaii Island.

Ignacio is a Category Four hurricane and may strengthen further today. A gradual weakening is forecast for Sunday and Monday. The outer winds of Ignacio could affect Hawaii Island by early Monday (Aug 31).

Large swells generated by Ignacio will arrive along the east and southeast facing shores of Hawaii Island over the next several days. This large surf is potentially life-threatening and will arrive this weekend and early next week.

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.

Hawaii, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena in this image taken at 5 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Hawaii, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena in this image taken at 5 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 5 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 5 p.m. HST Saturday, August 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project


Hurricane Ignacio and Tropical Storm Jimena in hurricane alley in the Pacific. August 26-29, 2015. Movie courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

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