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It depends on where the cyclone forms in relation to 140 degrees longitude. Malia follows Kilo and Loke.
The latest forecasts keep the storm “well to the west” of Hawaii for at least the next five days. Meanwhile, more disturbances develop.
A strengthening El Niño will continue the potential for tropical systems tracking near the islands well into the fall.
Recent history shows the isles have been spared more often than not when tropical cyclones move through the Pacific Ocean.
In recent days, the first of two big storms headed toward the islands, leaving people to hunker down, fearing the worst and hoping for the best.
Oahu escapes virtually unscathed as hurricane-turned-tropical storm ends up being a no-show.
But as of mid-day, the tropical storm had made little impact on other islands, including Oahu.
Hurricane Julio is about 1,000 miles behind.