Linda weakens into post-tropical storm, but could still bring heavy showers

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 7:46 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 20, 2021 at 10:47 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Linda has weakened into a post-tropical cyclone as it continues to approach the Hawaiian Islands.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Friday, Linda was centered roughly 767 miles east of Hilo and was moving to the west at 17 miles per hour.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outwards up to 80 miles from the center.

Forecasts show little change in strength during the next 48 hours, with weakening expected to continue. Linda is expected to dissipate early next week.

Although Linda has become post-tropical, remnants of the system are expected to impact portions of the main Hawaiian Islands Sunday and Monday, meaning it could still contain heavy rain and high winds, mainly in its northern half.

The main weather threat will come in the form of bands of heavy showers, but that will depend on where the remnant circulation decides to go.

If it passes to the north, it could cut off the trade winds, but rainfall would be limited. If it passes over or just south of the islands, there’s a higher threat for heavy rain, flash flooding and strong sustained winds near 30 to 35 miles per hour with damaging gusts. It is still too early to say exactly what to expect, so stay tuned.

Ocean swells generated by Linda will affect east-facing shores through the weekend, with surf heights nearing the new ten-foot high surf advisory level for the eastern half of the island chain late Saturday and Sunday and the western half Sunday through Sunday night.

Post-tropical storm Linda's forecast cone as of 5 a.m. Friday
Post-tropical storm Linda's forecast cone as of 5 a.m. Friday(NOAA)

This story will be updated.

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