Tropical depression churns ESE of Big Island

Tropical Depression One-C is packing sustained winds around 35 mph as it continues to churn Thursday approximately 1,000 miles east-southeast of the Big Island, Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters in Honolulu said.

At 11 a.m., the center of the storm was located about 1,065 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving northwest around 6 mph, according to forecasters. The depression is expected to see some strengthening Thursday. It may become a tropical storm Thursday night or Friday. Weakening is forecast on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Central Pacific Ocean, which is located between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Dateline, no tropical cyclones are expected to form through Saturday 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.