Storm watch in effect as Hurricane Hector nears Hawaii

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

- The National Hurricane Center has announced that a Subtropical storm has formed in the North Atlantic. It was centered about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) west-northwest of the Azores and moving north near 12 mph (19 kph). A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Tecpan de Galeana to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Los Barilles to Todo Santos, Mexico.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Big Island, where high winds and unsafe surf are expected as Hector churns westward. 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. The storm is east of Hawaii and tracking west, but is expected to slide just south of the island chain Wednesday and Thursday. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf. It was centered about 1,395 miles (2,245 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja.

Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric. It was moving toward the northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

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The eye of the storm was 290 miles southeast of Hilo and 500 miles southeast of Honolulu by Wednesday morning, the NHC said, and it's projected to come within 150 miles of the Big Island.

High Surf Warning up to 15 feet for east and southeast facing shores until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The CSU has forecast nine more named storms before the season ends in November, with three expected to become hurricanes and one a major hurricane.

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