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Update: Felicia Rapidly Weakens to Tropical Storm, Guillermo to Become Depression

By Wendy Osher
July 19, 2021, 5:51 AM HST
* Updated July 19, 10:42 AM
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Felicia and Guillermo. Satellite imagery courtesy: NOAA/NHC 7.19.2021 5 a.m.

Felicia is rapidly weakening as it heads toward the Central Pacific. The system went from a Category 5 hurricane yesterday to a Category 1 hurricane over a 24 hour period. For the 11 a.m. HST forecast, the National Hurricane Center said the system is being downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

The system now has maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, with continued rapid weakening forecast.  The National Hurricane Center says the cyclone is expected to become a remnant low in a few days.  It was last located about 1,445 miles East of Hilo, Hawaiʻi.  

Forecasters are also tracking Tropical Storm Guillermo, which is also under a weakening trend and expected to become a depression soon.  Guillermo is located in the Eastern Pacific and is moving west near 15 mph.  

Earlier this year, NOAA predicted a near-or below-normal 2021 Central Pacific hurricane season with 2-5 Tropical Cyclones. The annual Season Outlook, calls for an 80% chance of a near- or below-normal season. Agency officials say this is a prediction, NOT a forecast of hurricane landfalls. A near-normal season has 4 or 5 tropical cyclones.

Felicia looses strength, dropping to a Cat. 1 hurricane. Five day forecast cone imagery courtesy: NOAA/NHC 7.19.2021 5 a.m.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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