As Hurricane Elida churns far east of Hawaii, forecasters eye a closer disturbance

As Hurricane Elida churns far east of Hawaii, forecasters eye a closer disturbance
Hurricane Elida at 5 a.m. Tuesday. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Elida continues to spin in the eastern North Pacific, but forecasters are also watching an area closer to Hawaii that has a high chance to develop into a tropical cyclone later this week.

The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Elida had strengthened maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and was centered about 275 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

It was moving to the northwest at 14 miles per hour.

Forecasters said Elida is expected to begin weakening late Tuesday through Thursday. On its current forecast track it should pose no direct threat to land.

Meanwhile, an elongated area of disturbed weather located about 1,900 east-southeast of Hilo could develop into a low pressure system. There’s a 70 percent chance that it will become a tropical depression late this week.

It is forecast to move slowly westward in the central North Pacific, with forecast models keeping it south of the Hawaiian islands.

If the disturbance becomes a tropical storm east of longitude 140 degrees, it will be named Fausto. If it develops west of of that longitude in the central Pacific, it will get the Hawaiian name Hone.

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