Tropical Depression Kilo remains disorganized and well south of the islands

Hawaii keeps a cautious eye on Tropical Depression Kilo as it continues to become disorganized and remains well south of our islands.

Kilo continues to struggle to organize despite being in an area of relatively weak shear and over sufficiently warm water. Although Kilo is producing a persistent area of deep convection with prolific lightning the latest satellite images indicate a poorly organized and elongated low level circulation center likely exists. It remains displaced to the east or northeast of the convection.

As of 5am HST the center center of Tropical Depression Kilo was located near latitude 13.8 north and longitude 158.2 west. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph. This general motion is expected to continue today with some increase in forward speed by tonight. A turn toward the northwest and a more significant decrease in forward speed is expected Sunday and Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts.

Currently Tropical Depression Kilo is 460 miles SSW of Hilo and 435 SSW of Kailua-Kona.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

-Central Pacific Hurricane Center