Fernanda becomes hurricane in Pacific, but no threat to land

Tropical Storm Fernanda Advisory #008. 2 p.m. PDT Thu Jul 13 2017. PC NOAA  NWS  National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Fernanda Advisory #008. 2 p.m. PDT Thu Jul 13 2017. PC NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Fernanda has continued to build strength in the Pacific Ocean but is heading farther out to sea and does not pose any immediate threat to land.

Fernanda has strengthened since the last update, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Fernanda is likely to be a major hurricane today.

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. But early computer models show a track toward the islands, and forecasters say now is the time to prepare.

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

LINK: What you need in your emergency supplies kit. The size of this swell will be dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the system, Honolulu-based forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

By July 14 at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Fernanda was located near 11.0 degrees north latitude and 117.9 degrees west longitude.

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