Hurricane Felicia Expected To Hit Hawaii As A Tropical Storm On Monday

August 10th, 2009 - 5:59 pm ICT by GD  

feliciaFinally a relief for Hawaii, after days of endless anticipation. The fearsome Hurricane Felicia is supposedly going to be turned in to a much meeker version of its former ferocious self, when it finally arrives at Hawaii anytime now, as has been predicted. The hurricane that had been slotted in the category 4, when it had started brewing last week, has shed its former terrifying image and toned down to a Category 1 presently, so that it is now being regarded as a tropical storm.

The reports coming in from the Hawaiian Islands seem to suggest that several of the beach parks on Hawaii’s Big Island is supposedly going to be shut down (beginning Sunday afternoon), in anticipation of the Felicia onslaught. The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has said that when Felicia hits the shore, even in its tamest of avatar, the hurricane will raise the wave heights considerably along the coast. The Hawaiian islands are gearing up from all quarters to brave the storm.

Felicia has been downgraded to the tropical storm category with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph; the thrust of its gusts of wind are reportedly high though. According to all the observation by the forecasting departments till now, it is expected that Felicia will most probably be hitting Hawaii either on late Monday or early Tuesday. By then it will be no more than a tropical storm or a depression.

According to the reports of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the storm’s center is about 445 miles east-northeast of Hilo. From the island of Hoolulu (recorded at about 5 p.m HST) the center of the Felicia is located at about 610 miles east.

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