Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

Subtropical storm 'Debby' forms in the North Atlantic

Hawaii's Big Island will begin feeling gusty winds and rain Tuesday as Hurricane Hector approaches, the National Hurricane Center said. The warning goes into effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday. There is a potential for fully tropical characteristics, according to the NHC's discussion, but significant strengthening isn't expected. A trough is then forecast to take Debby on a northeasterly track afterward, but fall apart afterward.

Far out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector was in the central Pacific as a strong Category 4 storm, with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported.

The hurricane season has not been an active one - and that trend is forecast to continue.

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The peak time of the Atlantic hurricane season stretches between mid August and late October when historically the largest storms have done the most damage.

There have been three named Atlantic storms this year: Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May, followed by hurricanes Beryl and Chris.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say surf will rise 12 to 15 feet along east shores of the Big Island, and 6 to 10 feet along east shores of Maui. Also, vertical wind shear was much stronger than normal across the Caribbean in July.

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