Hurricane Hilda expected to weaken

HONOLULU — Hurricane Hilda continues its course toward Hawaii, but forecasters say the system will weaken into a tropical storm in the coming days.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu say Hilda has maximum sustained winds around 90 mph as of Monday evening. The system is expected to weaken into a tropical storm today, with continued weakening through Friday when it is expected to turn into a tropical depression.

The storm is about 400 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and moving west-northwest at about 8 mph.

Forecasters say there are no tropical storm watches in effect, but one may be required for the Big Island.

Large swells ahead of the storm will produce dangerous surf for the Hawaiian Islands over the next several days.

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