UPDATE 10/16/2014, 5:00PM: ***Updated forecasts Thursday morning showed that Tropical Storm Ana is expected to pass to the southwest of Hawaii Island on Friday night after reaching hurricane strength. Despite the center being estimated to largely bypass the island, the hurricane could produce tropical storm conditions on the Big Island late Friday, with the possibility of heavy surf hitting the windward side late Thursday and Friday morning and heavy rainfall beginning Friday afternoon. “Large swells produced by Ana are possible over the eastern end of the main Hawaiian island chain starting late tonight and Friday morning,” reads the tropical storm advisory posted Thursday at 8 a.m. on the National Weather Service website. “These large swells will continue to spread up the island chain through the weekend. Surf produced by these swells could potentially be damaging along exposed shorelines beginning late Friday and Saturday, and persisting through the weekend in some areas.” As of 8 a.m., the storm was about 490 miles southeast of Hilo, displaying maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, moving toward Hawaii at 10 mph. The storm was expected to begin to move along a west-northwest trajectory later Thursday into the evening and then move along an increasingly northwesterly track Friday and Saturday. After passing to the southwest of the Big Island Friday night, it is expected to approach close to Oahu, Kauai and Niihau over the weekend.***
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