Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico


Hurricane Hector, a major storm in the Central Pacific, has weakened slightly as it continues churning closer to the islands. Right now, Debby is located about 1100 miles west of the Azores Islands. While John is expected to pass west of Baja, an increase in storm size or an eastward jog in the track could bring tropical storm conditions to the region.

Surf along the island's east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island mainly in the Puna and Kau districts with 6 to 10 feet surf for eastern Maui.

Wind: Tropical-storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible across the Big Island late Tuesday and Wednesday.

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This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour (15 kph). "There is a reasonable chance that Hector will survive to cross the International Date Line early next week", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis. 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.

An American-based meteorology group has said cool water in the Atlantic could lead to fewer tropical storms this year. The storm is relatively weak, far away and is not a threat to the Cayman Islands.

The risk of a hurricane striking the United States during the remainder of the summer is lower than average, experts said in an updated seasonal forecast released Thursday.