Tropical Storm 05E (Darby), # 7 FINAL
Midnight Sunday, July 24, Hawaii time: Darby is knifing its way between Kauai and Oahu, and should soon be past its closest point of approach 34 miles northeast of Barking Sands. Expect tropical storm warnings to be canceled soon. This is PST's last update on Tropical Storm Darby, which is expected to die out northwest of the 50th state in the coming days.6 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Hawaii time: Tropical Storm Darby continues to lash the 50th state's principal island of Oahu and its U.S. military facilities with winds and heavy rain, but is moving steadily northwest, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warning has been canceled for Molokai, Maui and Hawaii. Tropical storm warning remains in effect for Niihau, Kauai and Oahu until further notice, the National Weather Service reports. NWS over the weekend reported wind gusts between 50 and 60 mph and waves between 15 and 25 feet, mainly on the Big Island, which took Darby's brunt. Darby is forecast to brush Kauai just southwest of Barking Sands and Lihue, still packing sustained 35-mph winds and 46-mph gusts as it passes, CPHC reports. At least 5 inches of rain fell on the Big Island, which should help out a region that's been parched by drought, AccuWeather.com reported. Sporadic power outages and downed tree lines are still expected. A brown water advisory is in effect for the Big Island and Maui. Up to 8 inches of rain fell in West Wailuku and several highways were shut down, Weather.com reported.Here's a list of closures and cancellations. Midnight Saturday, July 23, Hawaii time: Tropical Storm Darby has pushed back over water just south of Maui and continues its zig-zag walk which is projected to take it south of the 50th state's principal island of Oahu, then hit Kauai before dying out by the middle of next week. A tropical storm warning remains up for all of Hawaii's islands along with a flood warning; up to 5 inches of rain is expected in the coming two days.6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Hawaii time: Tropical Storm Darby has rumbled ashore over the Big Island, and is diminishing as it makes its way northwest on a trajectory taking is just south of the 50th state’s principal island of Oahu and its U.S. military facilities. Darby continues to pack sustained 40-mph winds and 52-mph gusts at center and should maintain that strength as it passes some 30 miles southwest of Barbers Point around 2 p.m. Sunday. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for all island except Kauai, where a tropical storm watch is up.
Midnight Friday, July 22, Hawaii time: A tropical storm warning remain in effect for Hawaii, Molokai and Maui as Darby approaches the 50th state, with a direct hit now forecast for the Big Island and U.S. facilities on the principal island of Oahu over the weekend, Central Pacific Hurricane Center and Weather.com report. At 9 p.m. nearing the 12th day of its existence, Darby was 177 miles east-southeast of Oahu, headed west-northwest at 12 mph packing sustained 58-mph winds and 75-mph gusts. If it remains on its forecast track, Darby should make landfall at mid-afternoon Saturday just south of Hilo, then make its way northwest, right over Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu at around 6 p.m. Sunday, still packing sustained 46-mph winds and 58-mph gusts at center. Expect high surf and plenty of rain, up to 5 inches on the Big Island. PST will keep watch throughout the weekend.
5:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, Hawaii time: The good news (if there is such a thing): Darby continues to diminish slightly as it heads west toward the Hawaiian islands. The bad news: Now, it appears as if Darby will make a direct hit on the Big Island and, if not a direct hit, then skimming just north of Oahu and the preponderance of U.S. military facilities on the 50th state's principal island. That according to the latest from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and Weather.com. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and the lesser islands nearby, Weather.com reported at 4:45 p.m., with Oahu joining that crowd sometime later Friday or early Saturday. Darby is forecast to maintain sustained 52-mph winds and 63-mph gusts as it approaches the Big Island, passing 4 miles northeast of Hilo on the east coast at about 7 p.m. Saturday. Winds should diminish to 46-mph sustained and 58-mph gusts as Darby zooms northwest, if not directly impacting Oahu, then skimming just northeast of it. CPHC projects Darby to pass between 13 and 36 miles from Oahu's military facilities between 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday. As much as 5 inches of rain forecast for Hawaii; locally heavy flooding, high surf and wind gusts are possible. Here's an excellent resource from CPHC, providing local statements for specific areas of the Hawaiian islands.
7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, Hawaii time: The good news: Darby is not forecast to return to hurricane status, at least not yet. The bad news: Darby appears to be tracking closer to the Hawaiian islands than first reported here, and the Big Island, Oahu and U.S. military facilities on each can expect a miserable, wet, gusty weekend, if the latest reports from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and Weather.com are any indication. Darby is forecast to remain a significant tropical storm, 63-mph sustained winds and 81-mph gusts. CPHC projects Darby to retain that intensity as it rumbles past Hilo 18 miles northeast at about 6 p.m. Saturday, with Hilo expected to be well within Darby's 58-mph wind bands. Darby should then curve west-northwest, skimming just northeast of Oahu around 8 p.m. Sunday, 31 miles from Camp H.M. Smith, 36 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, 40 miles from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and 54 miles from Barbers Point. Winds should begin diminishing, but only slightly, to 58-mph sustained and 74-mph gusts. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Big Island, Maui, Molokai and the lesser nearby islands, with flash-flood watches for Hawaii and Maui, according to Weather.com. Expect high surf, wind and heavy rain throughout the weekend, as much as 5 to 8 inches inland on Hawaii and 3 to 5 inches on Maui, Weather.com reports. Might be a good idea to stock up on non-perishables, water, food, flashlight, portable radio and batteries, diapers and sanitary wipes for the kiddles and food and drink for the furry ones in the family. Gas up and load up on cash in case of power outages. The infrastructure can be fragile in some places. Get your safe on, Paradise!
10 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, Hawaii time: Expect some wind and high surf this weekend in the Hawaiian islands as Tropical Storm Darby, the fifth numbered storm of the Eastern Pacific season, hurtles northwest past the islands, according to Weather.com and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Darby is forecast to remain a middling tropical storm as it rolls 75 miles northeast of Hilo at about midnight Saturday, packing sustained 63-mph winds and 81-mph gusts at its center. Hilo and areas of the Big Island's east coast should be just outside Darby's 40-mph wind bands, CPHC is reporting. Still, that doesn't mean the islands are out of the woods regarding heavy rain and wind. The islands don't experience that many tropical cyclones -- Iselle last year was the first tropical storm to make landfall on the Big Island since 1950 -- but when they do, high surf, locally heavy flooding and downed limbs and power lines are a possibility. Darby reached Category 3 hurricane status last Saturday afternoon, Weather.com reported. It's the fifth consecutive Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone named Darby to reach major hurricane status.