Guillermo Expected to Bring Heavy Rain, Surf to Hawaii
Tropical Storm Guillermo is expected to bring heavy rain and strong surf to Hawaii this week, although the bulk of the storm should stay well offshore.
Hawaii and Maui Counties remained under a Tropical Storm Watch as of Wednesday afternoon, with surf expected to be the storm’s primary impact on the islands. Waianapanapa State Park in Maui was closed by local authorities on Wednesday due to the high surf.
The track, however, is expected to keep the storm well north of America’s 50th state, with rain expected to dampen vacations from Hilo to Kauai primarily on Thursday (further west) to Friday (further east). Rain could be heavy at times as Guillermo’s outer bands pinwheel through the region.
High Surf Warnings are in place for east and north facing shores for the Big Island (Hawaii Island), with wave heights up to 15 feet expected in spots.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the storm, which originated in the eastern Pacific but moved westward over the last week, had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles-per-hour (MPH) and was slowly weakening as it encountered cooler ocean water and increased wind shear.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Guillermo and the tropics.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi