Hurricane Guillermo crossed into the Central Pacific Saturday morning and has not shown any signs of weakening in the evening.
Forecasters say the storm continues to move west-northwest at 14 mph, but is expected to slow down Sunday.
As of 11 p.m. Saturday, the storm is located 925 miles east-southeast of Hilo with maximum sustained winds remain at 105 mph.
Guillermo is expected to weaken into early next week, but is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday.
Models show the eye of Guillermo passing to the north of the islands, but the effects will still be felt as early as Tuesday night on Hawaii Island and lasting through Friday over the smaller islands as the storm moves west.
Heavy rainfall and gusty winds between 35 and 40 mph are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
While Guillermo is about a thousand miles southeast of Hilo, its energy will bring high surf to the east shores of the islands starting Sunday night. A high surf advisory is in effect for east facing shores starting at noon on Sunday, lasting through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
- Location: 14.0N 141.0W
- About 1,010 miles ESE of Hilo
- Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph
- Present movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Minimum central pressure: 970 mb
Hurricane Hunters are expected to fly through the storm Sunday.
It’s standard procedure for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserve to fly into storms threatening any part of the U.S. or one of its territories.
Crews drop special sensors known as dropsondes into the storm to measure wind speeds, pressure and temperature.