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Tropical Storm Eugene continues to churn in E. Pacific

July 11, 2017 - 10:29am

KAILUA-KONA — The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical Storm Eugene as it churns several hundred miles off the coast of Mexico.

As of Tuesday morning, the storm was weakening as it tracked northwest at 10 mph packing 50 mph winds. It was located 530 miles south-southwest of Puna Eugenia, Mexico.

Swells generated by the storm are affecting portions of the west coast and are expected to spread northward to portions of Southern California through Wednesday.

Forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said wave guidance shows a small long period east swell generated by Eugene possibly reaching the islands late Wednesday night and into the weekend.

The cyclone is expected to continue tracking northwest and be downgraded to a remnant low on Wednesday.

The Miami-based forecasters are also monitoring an area of disturbed weather several hundred miles south-southwest of Punta Eugenia, Mexico. Satellite imagery shows shower activity associated with the low pressure area is becoming mor organized.

Conditions appear conducive for additional development over the next day or two as it moves westward around 10 mph. The forecasters gave the system a 70 percent chance of being a tropical cyclone within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, in the Central Pacific, which is where Hawaii is located, forecasters do not expect any tropical cyclone formation during the next 48 hours.

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