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Tropical Storm Ignacio moving away from main Hawaiian Islands, high surf warning in effect

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 11 p.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Ignacio track update.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 11 p.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Ignacio track update.

As of 11 p.m. HST Tuesday (Sept 1) the center of Tropical Storm Ignacio was located about 385 miles (620 km) north of Hilo, Hawaii. Maximum sustained winds are about 70 mph (110 km/hr) with higher gusts moving northwest at 10 mph (17 km/hr). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the center.

Ignacio has weakened to a tropical storm and is forecast to continue to weaken.

Large swells produced by Ignacio will continue to affect east-facing shores of Hawaii Island and East Maui. The rest of the island chain was largely shadowed from this swell during the past couple of days but surf will increase rapidly on these islands and then peak later today.

Even as large swells from Hurricane Ignacio decrease on Wednesday reinforcing east swell from distant Hurricane Jimena will build. Surf along east-facing shores will hold near warning levels through at least the weekend.

Police report Bayfront Highway closed to traffic between Pauahi and Waianuenue in Hilo due to the high surf.

The following beach parks are closed due to debris from the high surf conditions:

  • Coconut Island
  • Onekahakaha
  • Kealoha
  • Bayfront Canoe Area

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 a.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Hawaii, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena in this image taken at 5 a.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 5 a.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 5 a.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project


Hurricanes Ignacio and Jimena in hurricane alley in the Pacific. August 29 – September 1, 2015. Movie courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

One Response to “Tropical Storm Ignacio moving away from main Hawaiian Islands, high surf warning in effect”

  1. juliana says:

    I am so happy that the 2 hurricanes are going to pass by Hawaii. jb

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