HILO, Hawaii – Hurricane Ignacio is rapidly weakening and has moved farther away from the Hawaiian Islands, allowing forecasters to lift the tropical storm watches for the state.
As of Monday morning, Ignacio was about 460 miles east of Honolulu. The storm is expected to move several hundred miles northeast of Hawaii with diminishing winds now around 105 mph.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu lifted the watches for the Big Island and Maui on Sunday evening. Forecasters say the storm is quickly falling apart and should not have much impact on the islands.
High surf is expected along east- and south-facing shores through the middle of the week. They say the swells could be dangerous and life threatening.