After first forming over the weekend, Erick developed into a hurricane on Monday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of Monday night, Erick’s maximum sustained winds were up to 75 miles-per-hour (MPH), making it the Eastern Pacific’s third hurricane of the season.
The storm is expected to strengthen as it moves west over open water, but it is expected to pass to the south of Hawaii later this week. Right now, the storm is expected to stay well to the south of the Big Island of Hawaii, but it could enhance rainfall and lead to gusty winds and increased surf for the Aloha State.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this storm and any possible impacts to Hawaii later this week.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi