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Hurricane Miriam path update: Will Hurricane Miriam hit Hawaii?HURRICANE Miriam has maintained its strength and is expected to grow stronger, but will it hit Hawaii?
Tropical Storm Miriam was upgraded to a hurricane earlier today, as it grew in strength out in the Pacific Ocean.
The latest alert from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) placed Miriam about 940 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii.
Measured as a Category 1 hurricane, Miriam had maximum sustained winds of 80mph according to the NHC 5am HST update (4pm BST).
Meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expect Miriam to turn toward the north later today.
There is also a second hurricane in the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Norman which became a Category 4 storm today as it tracked away from Mexico’s Pacific coast.
According to an update from the NHC at 8am local time (7pm BST), Norman’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts.
Forecasters also warn there will be some additional strengthening over the next 12 to 24 hours.
It is hurricane season for the Pacific Ocean, and many hurricanes form due to increased water temperatures.
Will Hurricane Miriam hit Hawaii?
Hurricane Miriam is expected to strengthen over today, however, this will be “followed by fairly rapid weakening Friday through Saturday night” said the NHC.
The NHC said: “Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from Miriam’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.”
However, despite the strengthening, the decline in winds will not see Miriam make landfall.
The NHC emphasised Miriam is travelling "far away from land.”
The eye of the hurricane is located about 940 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. It has been moving at 8mph.
According to the NOAA, “The environment will be conducive for additional intensification of Miriam over the next 6 to 18 hours.”
This is due to “sea surface temperatures holding around 28C, while the system moves over a region of higher Ocean Heat Content.”
“As a result, the official forecast calls for slight intensification over the next 12 hours, then holds the intensity steady through 24 hours"
This strengthening is due to Miriam moving over warm water as well as feeling "the effects of strengthening west-southwesterly shear but remains over warm water."
However, the strengthening will not last according to the weather experts.
The NOAA said: “Beyond 24 hours the intensity forecast will show fairly rapid weakening”.
This is due to the storm moving “over marginal sea surface temperatures of 26C or below.”
There are currently no warnings in place for Hurricane Miriam.