Tropical Storm Fausto maintains strength in Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Fausto forms in Pacific
Tropical Storm Fausto forms in Pacific
Tropical Storm Fausto forms in Pacific

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical Storm Fausto didn't strengthen further Monday morning, but is still expected to become a bit stronger over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 5 a.m. Monday the storm was about 1,265 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, or about 2,200 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

Forecasters said Fausto was moving west at 14 miles per hour. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"We're expecting the system to pass into the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's area of responsibility sometime on Friday, it's going to peak out in intensity over the next couple of days and is expected to be weakening as it crosses into our area," said National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Wroe in Honolulu.

The storm currently is no threat to land. Conditions for the storm will become less favorable in about 72 hours.

Wroe adds, "We expect maybe some additional rainfall will come in with this system, but we are not expecting strong winds with it at this time."

The forecast has Fausto as a Tropical Depression with 35 mph winds about 600 miles south-southeast of Hilo early Sunday morning.

There are no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect.

Here are some tips from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens:

  • Secure loose outdoor objects that might be blown away by high winds, and become flying debris. 
  • Boats should be moored securely, or moved to a designated safe area well before the storm arrives. 
  • Windows should be boarded up. Larger windows may be broken by wind pressure, while smaller windows are mainly damaged by wind driven debris.
  • If evacuation is required, be sure to take your disaster supply kit when leaving for a designated shelter. Keep in mind that evacuation routes may become flooded or cut off, even before the full force of the tropical cyclone arrives.

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