HONOLULU- (KHON2) Hurricane Barbara is now a CAT 2 hurricane with winds at 100 mph. More strengthening is expect over the next 36 hours.
By Thursday gradual weakening is forecast to occur. Barbara may enter the Central Pacific as a tropical storm on Saturday.
Maximum Winds: 100 mph
Movement: West at 15 mph
The center of Hurricane Barbara was located near latitude 11.7 North, longitude 119.8 West. Barbara is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h).
A turn toward the west-northwest is expected Tuesday morning, and this general motion along with a decrease in forward speed is forecast to persist through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts.
Rapid strengthening is forecast to continue for the next day or so, and Barbara is expected to become a major hurricane by Tuesday night.
A weakening trend is forecast to begin Wednesday night or on Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb (28.91 inches).