PM Update: As of 2 pm PDT, Felicia has weakened slightly to 135 mph. The storm is moving northwest at 10 mph from a position a little under 1500 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii.
Despite the slow start to the Atlantic tropical season, the Eastern Pacific has now had 6 named storms. The latest, Hurricane Felicia, has reached major status at Category 4, with maximum winds of 140 mph. Its westward track is likely to bring it to the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands, but it's likely to undergo serious weakening on the way because of several factors:
- cooler water temperatures
- increased wind shear in the form of strong westerly winds aloft
- drier air
Images (click to enlarge): Hurricane Felicia infrared satellite image from Weather Underground and forecast track from National Hurricane Center