Hurricane Julio weakens, takes northerly track

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Honolulu, HI, United States (4E) – Hurricane Julio weakened to a category 1 hurricane on Saturday at 2 p.m. as its maximum sustained winds of 100 mph became 90 mph, forecasters said.

Julio’s forecast track also changed slightly; it is now moving west-northwest at 16 mph. It’s distance to Hilo is about 340 miles and it is moving towards the west-northwest between 15 and 20 mph.

The hurricane, the eastern Pacific season’s fifth hurricane and the fourth major hurricane of the 2014 eastern Pacific hurricane season, is expected to pass about 250 miles north of Maui on Sunday and then weaken to a tropical storm by Tuesday sparing the island of its impact. It was a Category 3 hurricane on Thursday.

Julio can generate 10 to 15 feet surfs, forecasters warned.

Forecasters also predicted muggy conditions, cloudy skies and afternoon showers in leeward areas and mountain slopes, according to Honolulu Advertiser.

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