With reports of Tropical Storm Ana nearing hurricane strength, we encourage you follow the path of the storm if you’re staying at the resort through the weekend. Get all the latest updates on Ana, which is tracking toward the Islands and may make landfall by Saturday, on Hawaii News Now.  

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the center of Ana was located 630 miles southeast of Hilo, or 840 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hurricanes have minimum sustained winds of 74 mph.

Ana is expected to continue strengthening as it moves across an area with decreasing southeast wind shear and sufficiently warm sea surface temperatures and is forecast to become a hurricane by Wednesday. According to forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, a hurricane watch may need to be issued for portions of the state on Wednesday evening.

The track and intensity of the storm are still subject to change. There is a much higher degree of uncertainty on the fourth and fifth days; computer forecast models hint that a trough passing near the islands could weaken any wind currents steering the storm, while at the same time introducing some shear that could weaken the storm itself.

Also keep in mind that you should pay more attention to the “cone of error” on forecast maps rather than the track itself. The center of the cyclone could end up anywhere within the cone, which covers a 200-mile radius in all directions on day 5.

All told, with each new forecast it appears more likely that the islands will feel some effects from Ana, whether it comes in the form of stronger winds that could knock out power, to torrential flooding rains, storm surges and dangerous surf. It counts to be prepared now.

All told, with each new forecast it appears more likely that the islands will feel some effects from Ana, whether it comes in the form of stronger winds that could knock out power, to torrential flooding rains, storm surges and dangerous surf. It counts to be prepared now.

Hawaii News Now will provide new updates as soon as they are released. Stay tuned for the latest forecasts and check out the HNN Hurricane page and Interactive Radar.

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