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Hurricane Jimena should not affect Hawaii other than high surf

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

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

As of 11 p.m. HST Tuesday (Sept 1) the center of Hurricane Jimena was located about 855 miles (1,375 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii. Maximum sustained winds are about 115 mph (185 km/hr) with higher gusts moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 km/hr). Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km) from the center.

Jimena is a Category 3 hurricane and is forecast to weaken without impacting Hawaii other than higher surf moving in.

Large swells produced by Hurricane 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 Tuesday (Sept 1).

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.

Typhoon Kilo, Hawaii, Tropical Storm Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena in this image taken at 11 p.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Typhoon Kilo, Hawaii, Tropical Storm Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena in this image taken at 11 p.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 11 p.m. HST Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Full earth image taken at 11 p.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

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