Powerful storm churns towards Hawaii

2014-10-17 17:24
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Honolulu - A powerful Pacific storm predicted to grow to hurricane force is churning towards Hawaii, bringing with it heavy rains and potentially destructive winds that could begin hitting the state later on Friday.

Forecasters said that the storm would likely bring winds of up to 80km/h to the Big Island's Kau, Puna and South Kona districts.

"Right now, we expect the main impact to be on the Big Island," said national weather service meteorologist Ray Tanabe.

The weather service has issued a tropical storm watch for the island.

Tropical Storm Ana likely will become a hurricane by Friday evening but return to tropical storm strength on Saturday morning, Tanabe said.

That's also when the storm is forecast to be closest to the island - about 135 to 140km offshore to the southwest.

The storm will be farther from the coast than predicted earlier and will be a hurricane for a shorter period than previously thought, they said.

The soil in the Kau district already is heavily saturated from recent thunderstorms, raising the risk of flooding there.

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