Disturbance southeast of Hawaii likely to develop into tropical cyclone Walaka

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Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low-level circulation center continues to become better organized.

The disturbance is currently located about 600 miles southeast of Hilo and moving west at around 15 mph.

Environmental conditions remain conducive for this system to become a tropical depression this week.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours is high at 70 percent.
  • Formation chance through five days is high at 90 percent.

If it becomes a tropical cyclone, it will be named Walaka since it formed in the Central Pacific, the first this hurricane season.

This system is forecast to pass well south of the islands and curve northward.

As it passes the islands, the system will cause southeasterly winds to return, though it won’t be as humid as what we’ve been experiencing.

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