Tropical system could develop south of Kauai

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Honolulu say an area of low pressure 650 miles south of Kauai has an 80 percent chance to develop into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours and with the current environmental conditions, it will likely become a tropical depression as it strengthens within the next 24 hours.

Mike Cantin, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service says, "that if a storm develops, we do not anticipate this to be a threat to the state of Hawaii."

Cantin says that, "Solid high pressure is locked in over the state and to our north, with significant easterly steering flow. In other words, this system will continue to track to the west whether it develops or not.  We do not anticipate any form of re-curvature."

Our Severe Weather team will be tracking the development of this storm.  Meteorologist Jennifer Robbins was watching it this morning on Sunrise.  She says on the tropical satellite you can see thunderstorms firing up associated with the system becoming more organized, and if anything, the storm could boost the surf as it moves towards the west.

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