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Ulika weakens to a tropical storm


At 5 a.m. HST Wednesday (Sep 28), the center of Tropical Storm Ulika was located about 1,140 miles (1,835 km) east southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Ulika is moving toward the north-northeast near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north and then the north-northwest is expected later today and early on Thursday, with a turn toward the northwest after that.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady weakening is expected during the next couple of days.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).

Ulika’s environment already appears to have become much less favorable. West-southwesterly to southwesterly shear is only likely to increase as the cyclone gains latitude during the next couple of days.

There are currently no hazards forecast for Hawaii.

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