HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An out-of-season tropical cyclone has formed west of Hawaii. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Omeka was located 505 miles south of Midway Atoll, or about 1,210 miles west of Lihue, Kauai. The tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, Omeka was moving northeast at 14 miles per hour. The storm was expected to turn to the north, which would take it into cooler waters. It is forecast to be a tropical depression within 36 hours, and a remnant low in about 48 hours.
While this storm is forming after the November 30 end of hurricane season in the Central Pacific, there have been other out-of-season cyclones. Tropical storm Paka formed south of the Hawaiian Islands in December 2-6, 1997. It crossed the International Dateline and strengthened into Super Typhoon Paka, which caused major damage when it hit Guam December 17 and 18, 1997.
The Hurricane Center's archives also show a tropical cyclone that formed 40 miles southwest of Lanai on Dec. 23, 1902, and another that formed far to the south of South Point exactly two years later.
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