Tropical Storm watch continues as Hurricane Ignacio moves closer to Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio continues moving steadily northwest and is expected to pass Northeast of Hawaii.

As of 5am HST the center of Hurricane Ignacio was located near latitude 18.3 north and longitude 148.4 west. Ignacio is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track the center of Ignacio is expected to pass to the northeast of the Big Island on Monday and then northeast of the smaller islands beginning Tuesday.  This track is a little more North than previous forecasts.

Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher guests. Ignacio is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale. Ignacio will weaken through Tuesday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Tropical storm conditions are possible on the Big Island starting late tonight or early Monday and starting Monday on Maui.

Storm total rainfall amounts of up to 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts near 6 inches mainly in areas of higher terrain.

A High Surf Warning has been issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island through 6:00PM Tuesday evening. Large swells generated by Ignacio will arrive along east and southeast facing shores of the main Hawaiian islands over the next several days. Resultant surf will be large and potentially life threatening.

As of 5am this morning Hurricane Ignacio is 450 miles east of Hilo.

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

Here’s the latest from Hawaii County Civil Defense as of 5:30 am Sunday..