HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The tropical storm that lashed parts of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument with heavy rain and strong winds has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Malia was located 350 miles north-northwest of Maro Reef, or 1,120 miles west-northwest of Honolulu, and was moving to the north-northwest at 18 miles per hour. It is expected to continue moving in this direction as it picks up more speed.
It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Malia is expected to further weaken before it dissipates within the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.
The current forecast track will keep it far to the west of the main Hawaiian islands.