Guillermo on track toward islands

Tropical Storm Guillermo, on a track toward the state, is expected to cross the central Pacific as a hurricane on Saturday before weakening, meteorologists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Guillermo was 2,210 miles east-southeast of Lihue and moving west-northwest toward the islands at 14 miles an hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. A hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 74 mph and higher.

“Over the weekend, Guillermo crosses into our basin probably on Saturday as a hurricane,” said NOAA Meteorologist Matt Foster. “Right now it’s a tropical storm. It’s intensifying. It looks like it would probably be close enough where it will be impacting our weather.”

Foster said, however, Guillermo’s winds will decrease before it reaches the state.

“It’s forecast to be a tropical storm 300 miles east of the Big Island next Saturday,” he said.

That would make it about 600 miles from Kauai.

Foster said it’s too early to predict the exact path of the cyclone.

Forecast models, Foster said, have Guillermo bringing in some wet weather next week, and this weekend could see muggy conditions.

“The smaller islands may see a little bit of humidity, but most of the showers will stay to the south,” he said. “It will be significantly weakened and just a mass of clouds and moisture. That will be Saturday and Sunday.”

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