Image above from the National Weather Service shows the projected 5 day track for Tropical Storm Wali. Forecasters believe it will be reduced to a Tropical Depression by the weekend, well before it reaches Hawaii Island, if it reaches the Big Island at all.
HILO, Hawaii – Tropical Storm Wali is 1060 miles east south east of Hilo. It is moving towards the islands at 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds measured at 45 miles per hour. Forecasters predict the storm will strengthen a bit more before weakening significantly by the weekend.
A recently received ASCAT pass showed a swath of 35 to 40 kt within the band of deep convection along the eastern flank of the system. As a result… (Central Pacific Hurricane Center) has upgraded it to Tropical Storm Wali. Forecast reasoning from the previous package remains unchanged as Wali will remain in an environment conducive for some further intensification for the next 24 hours. Beyond 24 hours… Increasing vertical wind shear is forecast to weaken Wali. The prior forecast track remains unchanged.NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center at 12:00 p.m. HST
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, a hurricane or tropical storm watch is issued when conditions are expected in the specified area of the watch within 48 hours.
When a hurricane or tropical storm watch is issued:
Fuel and service family vehicles
Prepare to cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials
Store and secure outdoor lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools
Check and replenish disaster supply kits
Have an extra supply of cash on hand