Ignacio still a major hurricane 350 miles east of the Big Island; tracking northwest

As of 5pm Sunday afternoon the eye of Hurricane Ignacio was located near latitude 19.8 north and 149.6 west. Ignacio is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track the center of Ignacio is expected to pass approximately 200 miles northeast of the Big Island and Maui Monday and Tuesday.

The slightly more northward motion over the past 24 hours has carried Ignacio a little farther away than first expected and thus the Central Pacific Hurricane Center is discontinuing the tropical storm watch for Hawaii and Maui counties at this time.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with higher gusts. Ignacio is a Category 3 hurricane. Weakening is expected and Ignacio may be a tropical storm by Tuesday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

As of 5pm Hurricane Ignacio is 355 miles east of Hilo.

The 5pm Hawaii County Civil Defense update has stated that based on the anticipated and forecasted improved outlook, evacuation centers will not be opened at this time.

All DOE public schools and private schools will be open tomorrow however, the following Charter Schools will be closed tomorrow:

Kua o ka Lā New Century Public Charter School
Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School
Volcano School of Arts and Sciences

In addition all government offices will be open for normal business; including the Hele-On Bus system.

The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island will remain in effect through 6:00PM Tuesday evening. Surf heights are expected to increase today and build to possibly 15 to 20 feet. Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.

Here’s the full message from Civil Defense as of 5:10pm Sunday..