Tropical Depression Threatening Hawaii – Likely to Be Second Named System Ela
Tropical Depression Four-e formed last night and is currently 865 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Present movement of this system is NW at 16 mph. As of now there are no tropical watches and warnings in effect for the Hawaiian Islands due to Four-e, however there are high surf advisories in effect for all southern facing shores throughout the remainder of the day with high surf and strong rips currents present. As for the tropical threat, we will be monitoring the situation as the storm progresses.
The center of this system is expected to track north of Hawaii and pass north of Hilo, Hawaii by late Friday evening. Over the next 24 hours the storm is expected to gradually strengthen into a tropical storm as it circulates over warm waters. Sea surfaces temperatures are estimated to be around 26°C (78°F). Tropical Depression Four-e will likely become the second named system for the Central Pacific’s Hurricane season and take the name Ela.
It is important that Hawaiian residents stay prepared with this storm so close to the islands. Even weak tropical depressions can cause torrential rain and flash flooding while the mountainous terrain can help amplify damaging winds. Every home should be prepared for the elements during hurricane season which lasts from June 1st until November 30th in the Central Pacific. 2015 being an El Nino year, tropical activity is likely to be above average.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony