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UPDATE: 11 a.m. 10/16/14, Ana Slows Down, Hurricane by Friday PM

October 16, 2014, 11:30 AM HST
* Updated October 16, 11:28 PM
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Forecast track. 11:00am HST, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

Forecast track. 11 a.m. HST, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

By Meteorologist Malika Dudley

***A forecast update as of 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 is now posted at the following LINK.

The latest update on Tropical Storm ANA was just released by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Slight decrease in forward motion. Not much change in intensity or forecast track. ANA is getting closer and expected to intensify over the next 36 hours to hurricane status.

Summary of Alerts:

HURRICANE WARNING – All Hawaiian Offshore Waters / Starting Friday PM

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TROPICAL STORM WARNING – All Hawaiian Offshore Waters / Starting tonight

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TROPICAL STORM WATCH – Hawaiʻi County / In effect

FLASH FLOOD WATCH – Hawaiʻi County / Friday at noon to Sunday at 6 p.m.

Current Situation (11 AM UPDATE):

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Tropical Storm with 60 mph Maximum Sustained Winds, Gusting to 70 mph

Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles from the center

Moving W at 8 mph

Tropical Storm Ana was last located near 14.3 N and 150.9 W, about 460 miles SE of Hilo, Hawaiʻi; 505 miles SE of Kailua-Kona, 450 miles SE of South Point, 580 miles SE of Kahului, Maui; 625 miles SE of Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi; 595 miles SE of Lānaʻi City; and 665 miles SE of Honolulu, Oʻahu on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.

ANA was looking tattered last night and today satellite imagery is showing a storm that’s pretty ragged however, deep bursts of convection continue to occur and the storm is holding onto its 60 mph max sustained winds. A ridge building to the north of the state is expected to help steer the storm. The timing of the northwest turn is integral to the forecast. We’ll keep watching this closely.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center is indicating that the intensity forecast is now becoming a little more certain with all but one model indicating gradual strengthening. Sea surface temperatures are more than sufficient to fuel ANA and vertical wind shear is expected to decrease so the environment is favorable for this.

Satellite imagery, 11 a.m. HST, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

Satellite imagery, 11 a.m. HST, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

Forecast & Uncertainty:

The current track has not changed much with ANA passing 85 miles southwest of the Island of Hawaiʻi Friday night and Saturday, passing Maui County Saturday into Sunday and nearing Oʻahu and Kauaʻi over the weekend and into Monday.

The probability of tropical storm conditions over Big Island leeward and southeast coastal waters is 65 percent; 29 percent in Hilo; 49 percent in Kailua-Kona and 59% near South Point.

Remember, these systems are notoriously difficult to predict and the center of the storm has a 66% chance of landing anywhere within the cone of uncertainty. The margin of error going out 48 hours is still a whopping 80 miles. Even small shifts in the track can mean major differences in where the worst conditions will occur. Damaging effects can extend far from the center so it’s important that residents prepare just in case.

Potential Impacts (if the track holds):

Heavy rain may reach the Big Island late Friday potentially causing dangerous flash flooding with excessive runoff causing possible mud slides and rock slides.

Large dangerous surf conditions are expected to begin impacting the eastern end of the Hawaiian islands late Thursday.

Big Island – 

10 to 15 inches with locally up to 20 inches along southeast facing slopes beginning Friday afternoon.

Winds of 25 to 40 mph, gusting to 60 mph are possible Friday/Saturday

Seas of 15 to 25 feet. Surf heights of 20 to 30 feet are possible late Friday along the Puna & Kaʻū coastlines during the closest approach / peaking Friday night

Maui County – 

Winds of 35 – 50 mph winds are possible Saturday through Monday

Locally heavy rainfall, frequent scattered showers, thunderstorms possible Friday

Tropical Storm conditions possible Saturday / Sunday

Kauaʻi & Oʻahu –  

Tropical Storm conditions possible Saturday / Sunday

Locally heavy rainfall, frequent scattered showers, thunderstorms possible Saturday / Sunday

Winds of 25 to 40 mph Saturday / Sunday, increasing to 35 to 50 mph Monday

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