Hurricane Ignatio Down to Tropical Storm Status
HONOLULU (AP) _ Hurricane Ignacio, which had packed winds of 105 mph, weakened and was downgraded to tropical storm status as it passed south of the Hawaiian Islands, the National Weather Service said.
At 5 a.m. today, Ignacio was located about 240 miles south of South Point, the southern most tip of the United States, with winds estimated at about 50 mph, it said.
The tropical storm was expected to weaken further as it continued to move westward at 12 mph, forecasters said.
Ignacio had packed sustained winds of 105 mph with gusts to 125 mph early Thursday.
Meanwhile, small craft advisories remained in effort for Hawaii Island, which would have been the first island hit if Ignatio had turned north.
The eastern shores of the island also remained under a high surf advisory from large waves generated by Ignatio.
The waves forced the temporary closure of a section of Kalapana Beach Road, along with some picnic areas and nature trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Civil Defense authorities said.