Hilda continues to weaken and forecast to pass to the South of Hawaii Island. (11pm update)

Hilda continues to weak and slow down. Forecast continues to show much of the storm passing south of Hawai Island.

At 11pm HST the center of tropical storm Hilda was located near latitude 17.2 north and longitude 1515.7 west. Hilda is moving toward the west near 5 MPH and this general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Steady weakening is expected over the next couple of days.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles.

Hilda is 280 miles southeast of Hilo.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Hawaii County. A tropical storm means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Rainfall from Hilda is expected to produce 6 to 12 inches of rainfall with up to 18 inches possible and could produce large and potentially life threatening surf along east and southwest facing shores of portions of the Hawaiian islands over the next couple of days.

The track now shows Hilda forecast to pass south of Hawaii Island although the forecast is subject to change. Stay tuned to KWXX or continue to check kwxx.com for the latest updates.