Hurricane Fernanda forecast to strength this weekend


It's still too early to tell what kind of effects, if any, the storm will have on Hawaii.

Forecasters are monitoring a Hurricane in the East Pacific that could eventually have an impact on the Hawaiian islands.

At 5 p.m., Fernanda was 2,046 miles southeast of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and moving west-northwest at 14 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The hurricane center was also tracking Hurricane Fernanda and two other disturbances, one of which had a high chance of becoming the next named storm by next week.

Maximum sustained winds are at 145 miles per hour. By Friday morning, the storm claimed hurricane status after sustained wind speeds topped 100 miles per hour.

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Category 4 Fernanda is by far the strongest storm in the east Pacific or Atlantic so far this year.

The National Hurricane Center expects significant strengthening Friday into Saturday. The official hurricane center forecast track has Fernanda weakening to a tropical storm by the end of next week as it moves in the general direction of Hawaii.

The system is not now a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, however, a long period east swell from Fernanda is forecast to arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a disturbance, formerly known as Tropical Storm Eugene, was causing life-threatening surf and rip currents along California's coast earlier this week.