Henriette Weakening in Pacific, but Nearing Hawaii
August 07, 2013; 5:58 AM
During Thursday morning, sustained winds had reached 100 mph, which was Category 2 strength. However, the system was weakening late this week.
The system was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday midday.
For the time being, Henriette is far away from any land. However, there is a chance it could bring minor impact to Hawaii.
As it continues to track to the west-southwest through late week, Henriette will encounter cooler water and continue to weaken before reaching the islands.
The storm could stir up waves around the islands later this weekend. Even experienced surfers should be cautious as wave heights could increase quickly and swells could come from directions that are not typical.
It should also be noted that Gil has weakened through Tuesday night and is no longer a tropical storm. The remnants of the system can bring some showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon into Saturday, ahead of any impact from Henriette.
Stay tuned with AccuWeather.com meteorologists for the latest on both Gil and Henriette.