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Hurricane Iselle weakens slightly to category three status, on track to Hawaii

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The National Weather Service says Iselle is an annular hurricane. Annular Hurricanes are a type that is persistent and does not dissipate easily. Currently Hurricane Iselle is a Category 3 Hurricane.

For a reminder of how to prepare for a possible hurricane read this or go to our ‘Be Prepared’ menu near the top of this page.

HURRICANE ISELLE ADVISORY NUMBER  20
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       EP092014
200 AM PDT TUE AUG 05 2014

...ISELLE SLOWLY WEAKENING BUT STILL A MAJOR HURRICANE...
...EXPECTED TO MOVE TOWARD THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS THROUGH THURSDAY...


SUMMARY OF 200 AM PDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...15.9N 138.6W
ABOUT 1115 MI...1795 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...125 MPH...205 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...955 MB...28.20 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

INTERESTS IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
ISELLE.  WATCHES MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THE ISLANDS BY
TONIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 200 AM PDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISELLE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 15.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 138.6 WEST. ISELLE IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/H...AND THIS GENERAL
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS MORNING.  ISELLE SHOULD TURN
TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT A FASTER FORWARD SPEED LATER TODAY AND
WEDNESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 125 MPH...205 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  ISELLE IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE.  FURTHER WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

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.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 955 MB...28.20 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
NONE.


NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...800 AM PDT.
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Statement from Gov. Abercombie’s Office

Hurricane Iselle is a Category Four tropical cyclone tracking 1,190 miles east of Hilo. The National Weather Service (NWS) has not issued any watches or warnings for Iselle at this time, but has advised the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly known as State Civil Defense, and county civil defense and emergency management agencies of the potential for Iselle to make landfall in the Hawaiian Islands.

“It is likely Iselle will impact the islands sometime Thursday afternoon and will leave the state late Friday to early Saturday,” said Doug Mayne, Administrator for Emergency Management. “Although the system should weaken according to forecasts, we recommend residents and visitors stay cautious and monitor local news stations.”

Recommended preparedness actions for tropical cyclone are:

1. Have a reliable way to get information (e.g., sign up for local notification systems and get a battery or crank-operated radio). Information on local emergency notification systems can be found at:

2. Review or create emergency plans that detail how to communicate with your family and friends in emergencies as well as where to go if asked to evacuate.

3. Put together or check your emergency supply kit. This kit should have seven days of food and water. Visit www.scd.hawaii.gov for a checklist. You should also have a smaller evacuation bag with changes of clothing, sturdy shoes, and copies of your identification and important documents.

4. Prepare your home for possible high winds or locate the three hurricane evacuation shelters closest to you.

5. Monitor local news broadcasts for the latest information.

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