Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic

Hawaii Maui

Hawaii Maui

As of 11 a.m., the storm had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with a northerly movement at 16 miles per hour.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Hawaii County.

- Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm.

Whittington, Punalu'u, and Milolii Beach Parks are closed.

Surf along east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island, mainly for the Puna and Ka'ū Districts. All pavilion and camping permits through Friday are canceled.

Hurricane Hector expected to miss Hawaii as it strengthens
Hurricane Hector is now 1,130 miles southeast of Big Island and moving west, according to the NHC's latest advisory . Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour .

Mayor Harry Kim says officials are preparing for whatever nature brings.

In addition, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closing its Kahuku Unit in Ka'u, about an hour south of the main park entrance. The warning goes into effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

One of two storms off Mexico's Pacific coast strengthened into a hurricane Monday afternoon, while forecasters said the other was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and neither posed an immediate threat to land. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It's also possible the discharge of huge volumes of lava could resume.

Residents are advised to have an emergency survival kit ready in case the storm causes road closures and power outages.

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