HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical Storm Howard weakened Wednesday into a remnant low far east of the Hawaiian islands, the National Hurricane Center said.
At 11 a.m., the post-tropical cyclone was located about 1,620 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California, or 1,290 miles east of Hilo.
Maximum sustained winds decreased to 35 mph. It is expected to gradually lose strength over the next few days as it continues to move over colder water, encounters shear and heads into a drier and more stable atmosphere.
Howard was moving toward the west-northwest at 16 mph. The cyclone is expected to turn toward the west by Thursday, and then west-southwestward as trade winds begin to steer what's left of it.
Howard's circulation should open into a trough which will bring rain to the islands. However, it's too soon to tell exactly how much rain is expected, but anticipate a higher chance of rainfall Saturday afternoon through Sunday night.