Tropical storm watch discontinued as Hilda moves slowly westward

The tropical storm watch has been discontinued for Hawaii County as tropical storm Hilo moves slowly westward.

As of 5pm HST the center of tropical storm Hilda was located near latitude 17.2 north and longitude 152.4 west. Hilda is moving toward the west near 3pm and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday followed by a turn toward the west-southwest.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher guest. Hilda is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Thursday and become a remnant low on Friday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

Currently Hila is 245 miles southeast of Hilo.

A flash flood watch is now in effect from 6am Thursday to 6am Saturday HST.

As for as rainfall, Hilda may produce 6 to 12 inches of rainfall with maximum values up to 18 inches possible along and north of it’s path. These rains could result in life threatening flash floods and mud slides across portions of the Hawaiian islands tonight and Saturday.

Swells associated with tropical storm Hilda will produce large and potentially life threatening surf along east and southeast facing shores of portions of the Hawaiian islands over the next day.

Stay tuned to KWXX or continue to check for the latest updates.

Here’s the latest from Hawaii County Civil Defense as of 5pm HST Wednesday..