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Hurricane Guillermo Loses Aim, Steam as It Approaches Hawaii

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 11:35 AM

Hurricane Guillermo was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday, and its decreased power and a move north of Hawaii means the islands have escaped a direct hit.

The storm is expected to be downgraded even further to a tropical depression, Maui Now reported.

Although the storm is tracking about 150 miles north of the main Hawaiian islands, residents there can still expect to see “a few soaking showers,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Frank Strait.

“The heaviest squalls may lead to localized flash flooding and sporadic power outages,” the AccuWeather site said. “Wind gusts will generally be on the order of 25 to 35 mph. Any downpours will also pose risks to motorists by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.”

Surfers, people operating small watercraft and others planning to swim in Hawaii should be advised about rough surf and rip currents expected to continue through Friday but gradually decrease, AccuWeather said.

The Honolulu Civil Beat reported that high surf warnings remained in effect for several counties and parks on the islands.


The Honolulu Star Advertiser warned surfers that waves caused by Tropical Storm Guillermo were expected to reach 10 to 15 feet high on the east shores of the islands on Thursday.

“Honolulu lifeguards urged people to stay off shoreline ledges, where waves could wash people into the ocean, and said only experts should be in the water,” the newspaper said.

The state’s Division of State Parks closed Waianapanapa State Park on Maui because of the high surf, and other parks closed areas because of concerns about flash flooding.

Recent storms had trapped people on the wrong side of flooding streams in the parks.

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