Hurricane Fernanda forecast to strength this weekend

5 p.m. HST

It is still too far from Hawaii to know whether it will have a direct impact on the state's weather later in the month.

The hurricane center said Fernanda could continue to strengthen as it heads west in the general direction of Hawaii, though the storm is expected to weaken within three days.

Fernanda continues to strengthen, and now has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Hurricane Fernanda Advisory #011. 8 a.m. PDT Fri Jul 14 2017. PC NOAA  NWS  National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Fernanda Advisory #011. 8 a.m. PDT Fri Jul 14 2017. PC NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Fernanda intensified to hurricane status as anticipated today and forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say it will likely become a major hurricane by Friday night.

The system is not now a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, however, a long period east swell from Fernanda is forecast to arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles. At that time, it's expected to be about 1,100 miles east of the Big Island and preparing to enter the Central Pacific, which is where Hawaii is located.

LINK: What you need in your emergency supplies kit. After that, little change in strength is expected through Sunday.

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