Hurricane season off to record-early start in Eastern Pacific

Hurricane season off to record-early start in Eastern Pacific

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not even officially hurricane season in Hawaii, and there's a cyclone to track in the Eastern Pacific.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Adrian, located to the south of Guatemala. Adrian is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane strength by late Thursday.

Adrian is the earliest tropical cyclone on record to form in the northeast Pacific during the satellite era. The previous record-holder: Alma, which formed on May 12, 1990.

Tropical Storm Adrian is far from the islands (as in, as far away as Chicago), and is not expected to impact the state.

But forecasters say the storm, which coincides with Hurricane Preparedness Week, is a good reminder of the importance of getting ready for hurricanes before the season starts.

The hurricane season in Hawaii officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

"Take this as a reminder to prepare for hurricane season," said John Bravender, a meteorologist with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "Regardless of whether it's an active or a quiet season, all it takes as one."

The center is poised to issue its hurricane outlook for the Central Pacific later this month.

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