Tropical Storm Debby heads to North Atlantic; not a threat to Jamaica

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The US National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a hurricane by today night or tomorrow.

Debby was centered about 1,195 miles (1,925 kilometers) west of the Azores and moving north near 15 mph (24 kph). A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Tecpan de Galeana to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Los Barilles to Todo Santos, Mexico.

Hurricane John was centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late in the afternoon.

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for the Big Island as Hurricane Hector moves westward still as a strong Category 3 storm, bringing the threat of monster surf and strong winds on Wednesday.

The Category 4 storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour.

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Farther out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector headed for the central Pacific as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the hurricane center reported.

What's more, an El Nino, an anomalous warming in the tropical Pacific, is likely to develop, the Climate Prediction Center says, and that warming typically generates strong winds from the west that could add to the shearing. A subtropical storm is a hybrid of a tropical and non-tropical system.

Enhanced rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector will affect the Puna and Ka'ū Districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms. It will turn to the northeast by the weekend, keeping it clear of the U.S. No impacts will be felt here in eastern Carolina.

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