The latest map from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center shows the projected path of the storm has crept southward, but the eye is still projected to make landfall near South Point and pass over southern Ka’u and South Kona. Compare the map image below with the satellite image showing the actual size of the storm. Even if it follows its current projected path, the storm could still cover the entire island.
Hilda is currently still a Category One Hurricane. It is expected to weaken before it reaches the Big Island, but is still definitely a dangerous storm. The Center’s latest bulletin noted that “A tropical storm watch may be required for the Big Island as early as tonight.”
Hawaii Civil Defense’s latest bulletin on the storm noted that while no tropical storm watches were currently in effect, one may be issued later this evening or tomorrow morning.
“The high surf advisory issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect through 6:00am Wednesday morning,” it dded. “Surf heights of 8 to 12 feet along the east facing shores can be expected. Boat owners and residents in coastal areas are advised to secure all vessels and to take necessary precautions. We encourage everyone to continue to plan and prepare early for possible storm impacts and to monitor your local radio broadcasts for additional updates.”