2 tropical storms storms gaining force off Mexico's coast

2 tropical storms storms gaining force off Mexico's coast

As Hurricane Hector moves west, Hawaii's Big Island is preparing Wednesday for a glancing blow from the storm's northern fringes, forecasters said. A tropical storm watch was in effect for a much broader swath of coast, from Los Barilles to Todos Santos.

John was centered about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south-southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo late yesterday and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph).

The current forecast for Debby retains subtropical storm status through Wednesday (8/8) morning before weakening to a depression by Wednesday evening.

Hurricane Hector, while at Category 3 intensity will pass south of Hawaii today into early Thursday, with only some periphery effects expected in the islands.

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Two other systems - Hurricane John and Tropical Storm Kristy - also swirled in the Pacific west of Mexico. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, risky surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf.

A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves. Strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ileana is forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning, August 7.

Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric. It will not affect any land areas. A gradual turn to the northeast is anticipated thereafter. But Big Island politicians live on top of one of the world's most active volcanoes and in the general vicinity of hurricanes that barrel through the central Pacific Ocean many summers.

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