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Hurricane Ignacio skirts past Hawaii, new hurricane forms in Atlantic

Hurricane Ignacio. EOSDIS/NASA

TORONTO – It’s been a busy week for hurricanes: three major hurricanes are raging in the Pacific, while a new one has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

In the Pacific, hurricanes Ignacio, Kilo and Jimena were all Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale over the weekend. Since then, Hurricane Ignacio has weakened to a Category 3, while  hurricanes Kilo and Jimena have remained as Category 4s.

Ignacio is about 700 km east of Honolulu and producing maximum sustained winds of 169 km/h with stronger gusts. It is moving northwest at 17 km/h.

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A high surf advisory warning has been issued for Maui, and Big Island, while a high surf advisory has been issued for Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui.

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Meanwhile, Jimena — with maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h — is behind Ignacio, though its track will take it further away from Hawaii.

Hurricane Ignacio as it nears Hawaii on Saturday, Aug. 28. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/Jeff Schmaltz

In the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Fred formed quickly over the weekend near Cape Verde Islands. The storm is a Category 1 with winds of 140 km/h and is moving northwest around 19 km/h.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Cape Verde Islands as strong winds lash the island along with a storm surge that is expected to bring flooding to the region. Rainfall of 101 mm to 152 mm is expected to drop on the area with the possibility of higher amounts in some regions.

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