Pacific Tropics: Hurricane John Delivers Strong Swell to Mexico, Baja, possibly SoCal

Pat Wise
August 10, 2018

Hurricane-force winds extend about 30 miles (45 kilometers) from Hector's center and tropical storm-force winds can reach up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the eye.

It was centered about 1,130 miles (1,820 kilometers) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii, and was moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). Hence, the tropical storm warning mentioned earlier. While John is expected to pass west of Baja, an increase in storm size or an eastward jog in the track could bring tropical storm conditions to the region. The storm traffic for the rest of the season, which ends officially on November 30, won't be almost as robust, Philip Klotzbach, hurricane specialist at Colorado State University, which pioneered long-range tropical storm forecasting, said last week. This is not clear at this time, but according to local media on the Big Island, Will Okabe, Acting Mayor of the County of Hawai'i, released an emergency proclamation with Hurricane Hector closing in on the shores of Hawaii Island.

Two other systems - Hurricane John and Tropical Storm Kristy - also swirled in the Pacific west of Mexico.

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

John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a major hurricane by late today.

Farther out in the Pacific was recently formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and could become a hurricane. It will not affect any land areas. This is the fourth named storm for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. A turn toward the northeast is forecast by this afternoon, and that motion should continue into Thursday.

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