Jul 19, 2021

Hurricane Felicia Weakens as it Moves Towards West Pacific

There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. 

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A small hurricane, Felicia, which is far off in the East Pacific, has continued to weaken as it moves west toward the Central Pacific, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

According to The Honolulu Star Advertiser, around 11 p.m. July 18, Felicia had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was located 1,590 miles east-southeast of Hilo, moving west at 12 mph.

There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect, according to the NHC

Center officials said, “Felicia is a very small hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles.”

By July 23, Felicia is expected to be a post-tropical remnant low with maximum winds of 30 mph or less, passing hundreds of miles south of the Hawaiian islands.

According to forecasters, the system is expected to move into the Central Pacific Hurricane Center area July 20 evening as a tropical storm, reported Maui Now News.

On July 17 at 11 a.m. EST, Hurricane Felicia was about 1,120 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, according to the NHC, with maximum sustained winds of up to 145 miles per hour. This made it a Category 4 storm, reported King 5 News.

At 10 a.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Felicia was located near latitude 16.3 North, longitude 132.3 West and is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h).  A slightly faster westward or west-southwestward motion is expected during the next few days, added the NHC.

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