Subtropical Storm Debby develops in the Atlantic

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What's more, an El Nino, an anomalous warming in the tropical Pacific, is likely to develop, the Climate Prediction Center says, and that warming typically generates strong winds from the west that could add to the shearing.

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

Hurricane John formed off of Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday, but the storm was projected to move parallel to the coast before wheeling off into the Pacific Ocean later this week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Tropical storm force winds up to 73 miles per hour are possible for the east and southeast sections of Hawaii Island, especially for the areas around South Point.

The forecast, released last week, said the tropical Atlantic was “anomalously cool” and strong wind shear has been recorded over the Caribbean in the last month.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Debby strengthened slightly over the North Atlantic, but it was expected to be short-lived.

The center of the storm will pass between 100 and 150 miles south of South Point sometime during the day on Wednesday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

Surf along east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island, mainly for the Puna and Ka'ū Districts.

Closer to the US mainland, Hurricane John is strengthening in bathlike ocean water south of the Baja Peninsula. It will not affect any land areas. A turn toward the northeast is forecast by this afternoon, and that motion should continue into Thursday. The long-term seasonal averages are 11 named storms, and six hurricanes.

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