Subtropical storm Debby forms in the deep Atlantic


As Hurricane Hector moves west, Hawaii's Big Island is preparing Wednesday for a glancing blow from the storm's northern fringes, forecasters said.

An area of low pressure we've been watching for the past few days has intensified to Subtropical Storm Debby.

The Latest on Hurricane Hector churning closer to Hawaii's Big Island.

On Aug. 6 at 4:40 a.m. EDT (0840 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Ileana's cloud top temperatures in infrared light.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Big Island interior, summits, north, east and south, including Kohala and Kona.

Weather experts posting on various sites said that as Debby passes over progressively cooler waters, a non-tropical system is likely to absorb and shred the storm, which will lead to its demise.

Hector's center will track about 150 miles south of the Big Island today, then continuing westward, remaining well south of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands through Thursday.

Two new tropical storms are strengthening off Mexico and both are projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to the coast, bringing heavy surf.

Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms.

Far out to sea was newly formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and could become a hurricane.

John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a major hurricane by late Tuesday. It will turn to the northeast by the weekend, keeping it clear of the U.S. No impacts will be felt here in eastern Carolina.