Norman becomes a Major Hurricane far east of Hawaii

At 5:00 AM HST, the center of Hurricane Norman was located about 480 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Norman is moving toward the west near 12 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through this morning. Norman is expected to slow its forward motion slightly, and turn toward the west northwest later today and tonight. A turn toward the northwest is expected Thursday and Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph with higher gusts, and Norman is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today, followed by gradual weakening from tonight through Thursday night. Norman is expected to remain a hurricane through Thursday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

Large swells generated by Norman will continue to spread from east to west across the Hawaiian Islands during the next couple of days. Large and potentially dangerous surf produced by these swells is expected along east facing shores through Thursday night.