Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Since then, Hurricane Hector has moved into the Central Pacific, becoming a powerful Cat 4 hurricane that will pass just south of Hawaii on Wednesday. It was centered about 1,150 miles (1,855 kilometers) west-northwest of the Azores and moving north near 12 mph (19 kph).

The County of Hawai'i is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. It was moving northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric.

Weather experts posting on various sites said that as Debby passes over progressively cooler waters, a non-tropical system is likely to absorb and shred the storm, which will lead to its demise.

The active season in the Pacific contrasts to the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic.

The peak time of the Atlantic hurricane season stretches between mid August and late October when historically the largest storms have done the most damage. Debby will not be a threat to land.

Meanwhile, Subtropical Storm Debby formed far out over the north Atlantic, but it was expected to be a short-lived storm.

The risk of a hurricane striking the United States during the remainder of the summer is lower than average, experts said in an updated seasonal forecast released Thursday.

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