A tropical storm watch has been issued for Hawaii as Hurricane Ignacio – a Category 4 storm – rapidly approaches the Big Island. Hurricane Ignacio rapidly approaches Hawaii bringing the island under tropical storm watch. It's been more than two decades since Hawaii was last hit by a hurricane or tropical storm, however meteorologists say the Aloha state is on track to be hit by not one, but two hurricanes this week. To prepare for the storms, the state government has encouraged residents to make an emergency plan, while many people have been buying bottled water and supplies. According to Kevin Roth, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, the double hurricane system would set a new record in Hawaii, which hasn't been hit by a tropical storm or hurricane since 1992. Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles from the center, tropical storm force winds extend 80 miles from the center. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.


The National Hurricane Center has reported an increase in wind speed by 15 mph since 5 a.m.
Hurricane Ignacio is holding maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with the expectation that it will continue to strengthen through late Saturday before beginning to weaken. CPHC officials say that the center of Hurricane Ignacio should pass close by, but to the northeast of the Big Island as a hurricane early next week. Recently-formed Hurricane Jimena continues to quickly intensify, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Over the next 48 hours, NHC forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Jimena will strengthen. Hurricane Jimena is still south of a strong ridge that extends southwest from the southwestern United States, which will keep it on a western course over the next day. Honolulu time, Ignacio was classified as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale –five being the highest.


Weather experts predict that it will hit Hawaii on Sunday, but there's a possibly that it may drift toward the north.
An environment of low shear and warm water are conditions expected throughout the forecast period that are conducive to strengthening.
After a 24-hour period, the ridge is forecast to weaken and Hurricane Jimena will then be allowed to turn west-northwest through day five. The Hurricane is moving 585 miles (940 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with top winds of 140 miles per hour. After that time, fluctuations in intensity are possible, but Jimena should remain a powerful hurricane.



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