Hernan likely harmless

Tropical Depression Hernan, downgraded from its hurricane status Monday evening and from a tropical storm late yesterday, is expected to weaken further over coming days and projected to taper off to the south long before reaching the Hawaiian Islands, according to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center.

On Saturday, Hernan was a Category III hurricane with sustained wind gusts approaching 120 miles per hour. However, those gust speeds had decreased to roughly 35 mph yesterday afternoon, and Hernan could be all but completely dissipated by the end of the week.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the NHC reported that the storm’s center was located some 1,640 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California, more than 1,300 miles east of Hilo, and moving west-southwest at around 9 mph.

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