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Forecasters continue to monitor weather systems ESE of the Big Island


A surface trough of low pressure located about 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Big Island continues to produce disorganized shower activity as of Wednesday afternoon.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters in Honolulu say that further development of this system is possible during the next 48 hours as it moves west toward the Central North Pacific Basin. Forecasters gave the system a 30 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours and a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami are also monitoring the system until it crosses into the Central North Pacific Basin, which is located between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Dateline.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on an area of low pressure about 800 miles east-southeast of the Big Island that continues to produce disorganized showers. Some gradual development of this system is possible during the next 48 hours as it moves west, far south of the Hawaiian Islands. They gave the system a 10 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone during the coming 48 hours.

Else in the Central Pacific, no tropical cyclones are expected to form through Friday morning.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center officials predicted four to seven tropical cyclones this year in the Central North Pacific Basin. Overall, they give this season an 80 percent chance for a normal to above average number of tropical storms to form.

The Central Pacific hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.