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15 July 2017, 11:25 | Taylor George

Hurricane Fernanda intensifies; Watching for Hawaii impact

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

Hurricane Fernanda in the Eastern Pacific at 5 p.m. HST Friday, July 14, 2017. This system is expected to become a hurricane shortly as it tracks west across the open Pacific Ocean.

The general forecast by the National Weather Service is for Hurricane Fernanda to strengthen over the weekend before starting to weaken early next week.

It was centered about 945 miles south-southwest of the tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and was moving to the west at 12 mph.

Forecasters predict additional strengthening over the next day or so.

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

Fernanda has strengthened since the last update, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

Earlier this summer, the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency increased its recommendation from 7 to 14 days worth of provisions in emergency kits based on the documented experience from other states and jurisdictions that have gone through similar disasters. After that, little change in strength is expected through Sunday. PC: NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center.

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