Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico

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A tropical storm watch was in effect for the Big Island as Hector was expected to pass Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moved westward. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

High rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector is predicted to affect the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state.

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Wind: Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii Island late Tuesday and Wednesday. It was located about 470 miles east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii. It was moving north at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The tropical Atlantic remains cooler than normal and there is a relatively high potential that a weak El Niño develops in the next several months.

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- The National Hurricane Center has announced that a Subtropical storm has formed in the North Atlantic.

One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

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“The probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is below normal due to the forecast for a below-average season.”.