Forecast: Hurricane Blas to send swell energy to the islands

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - We are starting a drying trend today.

Passing showers are flowing in with the trade winds, but fewer than yesterday. Skies should be sunny by afternoon, certainly leeward. High today in Honolulu will be 87 degrees with trades peaking at 15-20 mph with some stronger gusts.

A new south swell is expected to start rolling in tomorrow morning, peaking Friday and Saturday with waves triggering an advisory. Advisory-sized surf is forecast for east shores starting Saturday, as energy from Hurricane Blas far to our east starts reaching the islands.

Blas is peaking as a Category 3 storm right now. Winds are 125 mph sustained. A third named storm (Celia) is expected to form behind Blas in the next day or two.

NWS surf forecast: 3-5 feet east, 1-3 feet south, 2 feet or less north and west.

Small Craft Advisory until Thursday 6:00 AM for Pailolo and Alenuihaha channels, and coastal waters south and east of the Big Island.

- Dan Cooke

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