Hurricane Ignacio Projected to Weaken, Hawaii Tropical Storm Watch Ended
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The current storm track shows Ignacio, a Category 3 hurricane, passing north of the islands, with "rough surf and strong rip currents" to be felt along the coast through the early part of the week, per AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike LeSeney.
Fortunately, Ignacio's heaviest rain and strongest winds will miss the islands.
The National Weather Service discontinued a tropical storm watch for the island Sunday as winds dropped from 130 mph to 115mph, the Associated Press reported.
As the storm moves northwestward it will be weakened by cooler ocean temperatures and drier air. As a result, Ignacio is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by midweek. At that point it will be moving farther away from Hawaii.
Until then, beaches facing the north and east will be hit the hardest, with the capital of Honolulu likely to experience impacts on Tuesday.
With Ignacio creating potentially dangerous conditions in the surrounding seas, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that its Pride of America would be operating with an adjusted itinerary.
"Due to Hurricane Ignacio in the Pacific, Pride of America's itinerary for the cruise departing on August 29 has been adjusted to call on Nawiliwili on Sunday where the ship will overnight, followed by Hilo on Wednesday, Kahului on Thursday where the ship will overnight and returning to Honolulu on Saturday," the cruise line stated on its official website.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm's arrival last week, but that was when Ignacio's track was much more uncertain.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard upgraded Hawaiian port conditions in a news release, stating that no closures were expected.
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