Fernanda strengthens into category 4 hurricane far east of islands

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

Fernanda, a powerful Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific, was expected to maintain its strength through the weekend, but then start weakening as it approaches the Central Pacific.

At 11 a.m. Friday, the cyclone was moving west at about 12 miles per hour.

It's too early to tell if the system will have a direct impact on Hawaii.

The system is not now a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, however, a long period east swell from Fernanda is forecast to arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Pacific Tropical Storm: Fernanda Expected To Strengthen Moving West

As of 2:00 a.m. PDT Friday, Hurricane Fernanda was about 975 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, according to public advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NHC).

The storm was a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kph) at midafternoon Thursday.

LINK: What you need in your emergency supplies kit. The storm's general track is headed toward the Hawaiian Islands, though forecasters said they expect it to weaken in the coming days.

When the storm crosses into the Central Pacific, the forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Oahu will take the lead in monitoring the storm.

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