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Storm Watch Cancelled as Niala moves away from the Islands

The Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island has been discontinued. At 5:00 AM the center of Tropical Storm Niala was located about 245 miles SSE of Hilo, Hawaii. Niala is moving toward the west-southwest near 7 mp. This general motion is expected to continue through Monday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected during the next couple of days.

Other Watches, Warnings, and Advisories in effect:
–> High Surf Advisory for all East Facing Shores through 6am Monday. Strong trade winds will drive rough, advisory level surf along SE shores of the BIG ISLAND of 8-12 feet today and tonight and lowering to 5-8 feet Monday. On all OTHER ISLANDS, east facing shores surf of 6-9 feet into tonight and lowering to 5-8 feet Monday.

–> Wind Advisory for all islands. A tight pressure gradient between TS Niala and the strong high to the north of the state will produce gusty and locally windy conditions across all islands through tonight. The strongest winds will occur over and around the terrain. This may need to be extended through the day Monday.

–> Flash Flood Watch for the BIG ISLAND. Deep moisture along the northern periphery of TS Niala will remain over the BIG ISLAND through Monday. Heavy rains will favor windward areas, but will reach all parts of the islands. Overall coverage of heavy rain will expand significantly later today, and the threat for heavy rain will diminish after Monday. Already saturated grounds will pose a significant threat in any heavy rains.

–> Gale Warning for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alenuihaha Channels, and the waters South of the Big Island.

–>Small Craft Advisory for all other coastal waters

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