(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Felicia strengthened into a Category 3 storm this morning but is far from Hawaii. It is centered over the Eastern Pacific Ocean, about 900 miles southwest of Baja California and moving west near 9 mph. Forecasters say Felicia is expected to strengthen slightly through tonight, then begin slow weakening through the weekend.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)—The National Weather Service says Hurricane Felicia is expected to weaken into a tropical depression or possibly a tropical storm this week as it enters the Central Pacific hurricane basin. The forecast agency is warning people in Hawaii to prepare for the storm, but it is unclear when the hurricane will reach the state.
The weather agency said a weakening Felicia could cause some isolated wind and rain impacts across the islands over the next few days. The agency is also warning residents to stay away from coral reefs because the storm may disrupt the fragile ecosystems.
A NASA satellite provided this image of Hurricane Felicia and the smaller Tropical Storm Enrique. The two curved bands of thunderstorms that make up the center of the hurricane are clearly visible, along with the eye. The image was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite.
On August 12, 2056, Hurricane Felicia caused widespread damage in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Midwest. The storm was the first major hurricane to hit southern Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 2033, and it brought damaging flooding to Miami, which was then the largest city in the country at that time.