Eastern Pacific: Barbara is now strong Category 4 Hurricane, but it's likely to weaken in the days ahead

  • photo: Windy hurricane tracker;link: https://www.windy.com/hurricanes;desc: Click to get the latest wind accumulation forecast;

    Hurricane Barbara is the second named storm of the 2019 Pacific Hurricane season. Barbara, much stronger than Alvin, peaked at near Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (Alvin made it to Cat 1), is expected to gradually weaken in the next couple of days.

    photo: United States Naval Research Laboratory;desc: Barbara Geostationary image VIS-IR, 30 June 2019;

    At 5 p.m. in Hawaii, Barbara had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and was centered 1,175 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and about 2,067 miles southeast of Hilo, the NWS reported.

    Barbara is not threatening land, but it could potentially bring intense storms to Hawaii. Starting Saturday morning, swell from Barbara may arrive along east-facing shores of the Big Island, and possibly Maui, forecasters expect.

    Gradual weakening is expected on Wednesday, followed by faster weakening on Thursday and Friday. Barbara is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm some time on Friday.

    NOAA expects 2019 to be an "above-normal" hurricane season in the eastern Pacific basin (as compared to normal season) with 5-8 named storms.

    Here's the wind accumulation forecast (visit this link the get the latest one)

    Track the path of Barbara with Windy Hurricane tracker and enjoy the satellite imagery below.

    photo: NOAA GOES17;desc: Barbara on July 2, 2019;

    GOES West loop, 2 July 2019

    Substantial amount of lightning rotating around the eyewall of Barbara

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