TROPICAL STORM FELICIA
Tropical Storm Felicia is approaching the Hawaiian Islands and tropical storm watches have been posted for several of the islands from Oahu southeastward to Hawaii. Felicia is currently forecast to strike the island of Oahu on Tuesday evening around 8 p.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time). High surf and torrential rain is likely as the storm passes just to the north of Honolulu as a minimal tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph.
ATLANTIC TROPICAL UPDATE
A strong tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands diminished in intensity overnight. However, conditions are favorable for intensification and it could still become the second tropical depression of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The wave is forecast to move west-northwestward over the next several days with little change in intensity.
Farther to the east, a strong tropical wave will be emerging off the west coast of Africa and models are developing this wave into a significant tropical cyclone as it moves off the African coast later this week.