Central Pacific gets first named storm of 2014 hurricane seasonUPDATED 9:03 PM HST Jul 17, 2014Video Transcript
soaker for the islands! Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies in for Paula Akana. Tropical Storm Wali formed today... And the flash flood watches were quick to follow! Let's head over to Moanike'ala Nabarro at the weather center for the very latest. Moani? Yunji, tropical storm Wali is more than a THOUSAND miles southeast of the Big Island---so its still very far away, but it is picking up some steam. Winds are now at 45 miles an hour, by tomorrow morning bumping up to 60 miles an hour, and then over the weekend it starts falling a part and is back down to a tropical depression still SEVERAL HUNDRED miles from the big island. the reason why Tropical Storm Wali isn't going to live for very long is because of our #1 defense mechanism we have sitting off to the east of the state. wind shear.....this is what TEARS AND RIPS these tropical cyclones a part....and this is why we don't get hit very often. There IS a good chance that Wali's leftovers could turn into a BIG RAIN event..maybe some FLASH FLOODING... I'll have the timing on that coming up..... And this is the perfect time for you to download our HURRICANE app if you haven't already... we're moving into prime time hurricane season....remember the hurricane center predicting the possibility of an active season with 4 to 7 possible cyclones foRMING IN OUR AREA.