A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours. Hurricane Miriam and Norman are Category 1 storms with wind speeds of 75 miles per hour.
Also in the Eastern Pacific is Hurricane Norman, which was located more than 2,500 miles east-southeast of Hilo as of Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Norman is looking quite impressive.
Tropical Storm ChantalJuly 7 - Tropical Storm Chantal develops 865 miles east of Barbados.July 10 - Dissipates into a tropical wave about 230 miles east-southeast of Jamaica.
Predictions:April 9, 2015 - The Tropical Meteorology Project from Colorado State University predicts that the "2015 Atlantic basin hurricane season will be one of the least active seasons since the middle of the 20th century".
Kauai roads and taro patches flooded Tuesday as leftover moisture from Tropical Depression Lane dumped heavy rain on the island. It is later downgraded to a tropical storm and moves west out over the Pacific Ocean. At least 45 USA deaths are blamed on Matthew: 25 in North Carolina, 13 in Florida, four in SC and three in Georgia.October 9, 2016 - Matthew weakens to a post-tropical cyclone.
Hawaii was spared a direct hit from a major hurricane as Lane diminished to a tropical storm as it approached and then drifted west, further from land.
The tropical wave that would become Hurricane Irma left Africa a year ago on Monday.
Hurricane and tropical cyclone season continues and the peak of tropical season will be arriving soon.
A broad area of showers and storms with a low pressure is centered off the coast of Mexico. Increased activity due to lessening wind shear Wind shear helps in keeping tropical depressions from forming, and right now, the wind shear appears to be decreasing.
Tropical Storm IdaSeptember 18, 2015 - Tropical Storm Ida forms.September 24, 2015 - Weakens to a tropical depression.