Hurricane Felicia Weakens Considerably On Its Way To HawaiiAugust 8th, 2009 - 6:17 pm ICT by GD
The National Hurricane Center has released a statement stating that the Hurricane Felicia has considerably weakened on Friday, while heading on its way to Hawaii. The reports from the weather forecasting department seem to suggest that the velocity of the wind would continue to wane as Felicia makes its way further towards Hawaii. However, the forecasters are not letting go of their fear of there being a possible flooding on the island chain.
Friday morning, according to the reports of the National Hurricane Center, Felicia’s winds had considerably come down to a 13 mph (20 km/h). Since the waning in the velocity of the winds have occurred, the Felicia has been downgraded to a Category II hurricane from its previous rise to Category IV just some days ago.
In its west-northwest bound journey towards Hawaii, Felicia has shown a lot of fluctuation from the moment it had set off. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, the fearful hurricane’s maximum sustained winds had slowed down from 140 mph (220 km/h) on Thursday to near about 100 mph (185 km/h), when recorded on Friday at 8 a.m PT.
The Hurricane Center suggests that as the hurricane Felicia covers the distance over cooler waters, its velocity and impact will be weakened considerably more. It is being expected that Felicia will be reaching Hawaii by Monday and by then it would have been weakened enough to turn in to a tropical depression or tropical storm.
The Weather service said that Felicia is at about a distance of 1,280 miles (2,060 km) east of the Big Island. It is expected that the hurricane will continue westward after it hits Hawaii, showering rain on a few more islands for as long as a day, as it continues on its journey.
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