NOAA’s 9 p.m. forecast has shifted the predicted path of Tropical Storm Ana even further south, well away from the Big Island, though strong winds, heavy rains and high surf from the storm are still possible.. Maui and Lanai are now out of the the storm’s predicted path, too, though the “cone of uncertainty” still grazes O’ahu and encompasses Kauai. The storm is still expected to strengthen, and has finally begun its long-predicted shift to the west-northwest, but much later than predicted. As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 370 miles south-southeast of Hilo.
But NOAA still added this caveat, in capitals:
"IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE IN THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS NOT TO FOCUS TOO CLOSELY ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK OF ANA. WITH AN AVERAGE 48 HOUR TRACK ERROR OF APPROXIMATELY 80 MILES...IT IS STILL TOO SOON TO SAY WITH MUCH CERTAINTY WHICH ISLANDS HAVE THE GREATEST CHANCE OF EXPERIENCING DIRECT IMPACTS FROM ANA. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FROM TROPICAL CYCLONES CAN EXTEND WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER."