The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression #6E which formed earlier today to Tropical Storm Erick; they forecast additional strengthening, and expect it to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning.
According to a special report released by the National Hurricane Center, satellite ocean surface wind data indicate that Tropical Storm Erick now has winds near 40 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend about 20 miles to the east of the center.
As of the latest update, the center of Erick was located at 11.6N and 125.3W, which is roughly 2,055 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. The storm is moving west at 18mph. Minimum central pressure is at 1006mb or 29.71″.
Even before a threat from Erick or other storms behind it materializes, officials in Hawaii are urging people to have 2 weeks worth of supplies and a comprehensive Hurricane Action Plan in place.
There is also concern that another storm could bring greater impacts to Hawaii behind this one.