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Forecasters: Tropical cyclone could form far ESE of the Big Island


An area of low pressure about 1,050 east-southeast of the Big Island could develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours, according to Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters in Honolulu.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with the system persist and environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of the system during the coming days, forecasters said.

Forecasters gave the system a 60 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone within the coming 48 hours.

The Central North Pacific Basin is located between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Dateline. 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.