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Hurricane Barbara Gradually Weakening Over Open Waters

Hurricane Barbara is centered as of 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m. EDT) over the far eastern North Pacific Ocean about 1670 miles (2685 km) east of Hilo. Hawaii. It’s moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). There are no coastal watches or warning in effect.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). Rapid weakening is forecast, and Barbara is expected to weaken to a tropical storm on Friday and become a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday.

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