Tropical Storm Wali, which developed yesterday in the central Pacific Ocean, will weaken as it moves westward toward Hawaii.
Wali, about 970 miles (1,560 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, as of 5 a.m. New York time, had top winds of 45 miles per hour and was tracking to the northwest at 12 mph, said the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.
“It’s going to be encountering cooler water and there are some stronger winds aloft, so it will get torn apart a little bit,” said Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “It’s going to bring heavy rains across the islands but there isn’t going to be anything significant as far as damaging winds or anything like that.”
The storm’s winds are likely to peak at about 50 mph in the next day, the center said.
A flash flood watch will be in effect across Hawaii from tomorrow through July 21, the National Weather Service said. Rains from the storm may reach the islands of Hawaii and Maui tomorrow and the rest of the state the day after.
“It is going to feel a lot more humid across the Hawaiian Islands than usual,” Walker said.