Hurricane center identifies possible tropical development

Hurricane center identifies possible tropical development

With the peak of hurricane season close at hand, there are signs that the tropical Atlantic may soon spring to life with the potential for direct impact on the coastal United States in the days ahead.

Maximum sustained winds were measured at 70 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

Whilst flooding affected Big Island and Kauai this weekend before the storm arrived strong winds fanned flames on the island of Maui.

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Even as Hawaii residents sought to recover from Lane, they kept a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Miriam, spinning in the Pacific Ocean some 2,000 miles to the east and expected to become a hurricane by the time it approaches the islands. The official death toll is more than 546, according to Haiti's Civil Protection Service, but that number is expected to rise.

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Throughout today Hawaii is likely to experience showers and heavy rains, as the tail end of Hurricane Lane passes by.

Lane is the nation's second rainiest tropical cyclone since 1950.

Flash Flood warnings were issued on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Tuesday morning. At least 13 people are killed along the storm's path through Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted today, August 29 that Norman is forecast to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane later today. It is later downgraded to a tropical storm and moves west out over the Pacific Ocean.

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