Weakened Madeline passes just south of Big Island; Lester moves westward toward islands (5pm WED update)

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WEAKENING TROPICAL STORM MADELINE PASSING JUST SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND

5PM HST UPDATE

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Madeline was located near latitude 18.0 North, longitude 155.1 West. Madeline is moving toward the west-southwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue tonight with a gradual turn toward the west on Thursday and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady weakening is expected over the next couple of days.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph (97 km/h) have been reported in North Kohala in Hawaii County today.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii County

Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the watch area, in this case over the next 12 to 18 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be complete.

SUMMARY OF 500 PM HST…0300 UTC…INFORMATION

LOCATION…18.0N 155.1W
ABOUT 115 MI…190 KM S OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 290 MI…470 KM SE OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WSW OR 250 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

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LESTER CONTINUING TO MOVE WESTWARD TOWARD THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

5PM UPDATE

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 141.2 West. Lester is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general west or west-northwest motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours with little change in forward speed.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Lester is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of
Lester.

SUMMARY OF 500 PM HST…0300 UTC…INFORMATION

LOCATION…18.2N 141.2W
ABOUT 915 MI…1470 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 1105 MI…1780 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…959 MB…28.32 INCHES

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