Erick Reaches Hurricane Status as it Heads into the Central Pacific

At 5:00 PM HST the center of Hurricane Erick was located 1110 miles ESE of Hilo. Erick is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A west-northwest course at a slower forward speed is expected to begin on Tuesday and continue through Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours before weakening is predicted to start late Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).