Tropical Cyclone Ana Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Based on data through 8:00 am Oct 18 2014 HST
Hurricane Ana was located near 19.0°N 158.5°W, or about 165 miles south southwest of Honolulu. Thunderstorms with tops reaching near 56000 feet are found within 75 miles of the center. Thunderstorms are noted on satellite to the northeast to east to southeast side of Ana. Closer to Maui county and the Big Island, these embedded thunderstorms have tops reaching to 45000 feet. For more detailed information on Ana, please see public advisories issued under AWIPS header TCPCP5 and WMO header WTPA35 PHFO.
Layered clouds from Ana extend to the northeast, covering the islands of Maui county and the Big Island. High clouds ahead have spread over Oahu, which are obscuring lower clouds over the island. The Kauai channel and Kauai county remain in the clear of the high clouds from Ana as of 8 am. Low clouds are moving into Kauai from the east between 15 and 20 mph. These low clouds cover the eastern half of the garden isle.
Issued: Oct 18, 2014 11:15 AM HST
The tropical storm watch has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning for the Kauai leeward waters and the Kauai channel as the northern periphery of tropical storm force winds brush by the southern portions of those zones. Otherwise there was little change from the previous forecast.
Hurricane Ana will continue to bring potential for heavy rain, windy conditions, and a chance for thunderstorms through the rest of the weekend. Stay well informed with the latest forecasts and bulletins from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service in Honolulu. A more stable and drier trend will begin establishing in the wake of Ana early next week.