Hurricanes Madeline and Lester strengthen overnight

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Tropical Storm Madeline strengthened overnight and is now a Hurricane Madeline.  Hurricane Lester also intensified overnight.

At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was
located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 144.6 West. Madeline is
moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this
motion is expected to become westerly later today through early
Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher
gusts. Slight strengthening is expected later today and Tuesday,
followed by slight weakening early Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles
(150 km).

At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was located near latitude 18.1 North, longitude 129.2 West. Lester is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Lester is a category 3 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is forecast through this evening. A gradual weakening trend is expected to begin on Tuesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).