Hurricane Fernanda not a threat for landfall in Pacific

Tropical Storm Fernanda Advisory #008. 2 p.m. PDT Thu Jul 13 2017. PC NOAA  NWS  National Hurricane Center

Fernanda has strengthened into a powerful category 4 storm in the East Pacific as it continues churning toward the west.

At 11 p.m. Hawaii time, Fernanda had maximum sustained winds around 145 mph and was about 2,296 miles southeast of Hilo, moving west at 12 mph.

The hurricane center said Fernanda could continue to strengthen as it heads west in the general direction of Hawaii, though the storm is expected to weaken within three days.

The disturbance was upgraded to Tropical Storm status Wednesday morning as maximum sustained winds increased near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

It's still far too early to say if the system will have an impact on the Hawaiian Islands.

The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Fernanda. The size of this swell will be dependent on the eventual track and intensity of the system, Honolulu-based forecasters with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

When the storm crosses into the Central Pacific, the forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Oahu will take the lead in monitoring the storm.