Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hurricane Fernanda intensifies; Watching for Hawaii impact

Hurricane Fernanda intensifies; Watching for Hawaii impact

Hurricane Fernanda continued to strengthen as a Category 4 storm in the Eastern Pacific Friday.

It's still too early to tell what kind of effects, if any, the storm will have on Hawaii.

It was centered about 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) south-southwest of the tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and was moving to the west at 12 mph (19 kph).

The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving westward to west-northwestward toward the Central Pacific. But early computer models show a track toward the islands, and forecasters say now is the time to prepare.

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No coastal watches or warnings are now in effect, however forecasters will continue to keep a close eye for any potential impact on Hawaii's islands.

The U.S National Hurricane Center reported that Fernanda's maximum sustained winds increased to 130 miles per hour.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

LINK: What you need in your emergency supplies kit. "After that, little change in strength is expected through Sunday", said forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. PC: NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center.

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