11pm ANA UPDATE: 10/16/14, Ana Moving Faster, Only Kauaʻi & Niʻihau Remain in Cone
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley
***An update as of 5 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, is now posted at the following LINK.
The latest update on Tropical Storm ANA was just released by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Ana is becoming more organized at this hour with a partial eye wall detected on satellite imagery.
There are no changes with regard to watches / warnings posted for the island of Hawaiʻi. The intensity is holding at 65 mph, gusting to 75 mph and still expected to briefly become a hurricane tomorrow. Forward movement has increased a notch as Ana is now moving WNW at 14 mph.
Currently, tropical storm Ana was last located near 15.2 N and 153 W, about 340 miles SSE of Hilo, Hawaiʻi; 370 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona and 310 miles SE of South Point.
These storms are notorious for being unpredictable so we are keeping a close eye on the situation and will bring you the latest developments as they occur. Having said the the statistical chance of tropical storm conditions has continued to decrease for all areas under the tropical storm watch.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center states on their website, “Based on the latest forecast, there is little chance for hurricane conditions at this time. Also, the chance for tropical storm conditions at this time is 43 percent for Maui’s leeward waters, 27 percent at South Point, 21 percent at Kailua Kona, and 9 percent at Hilo. This represents a general downward trend.”
For details on possible timing and specific implications to Maui County see the 8pm forecast package.