There have been three named Atlantic storms this year: Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in May, followed by hurricanes Beryl and Chris. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.
Surf along the island's east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island mainly in the Puna and Kau districts with 6 to 10 feet surf for eastern Maui. The hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. update the "far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday".
"The storm is moving toward the north near 16 mph [26 km/h], and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours". It was likely to bring rain to the southern peninsula, as well as heavy surf. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour. Some local flash flooding is possible in a few spots, particularly along east-, south- or southeastward-facing slopes of the Big Island.
The active season in the Pacific contrasts to the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic. None of these storms was a threat to Florida.
The probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is below normal due to the forecast for a below-average season..
Subtropical storm Debby has officially formed in the deep Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.