Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Debby strengthened slightly over the North Atlantic, but it was expected to be short-lived.

The storm, which has been monitored for the last few days, was located 1160 miles west of the Azores in the northern Atlantic Ocean, according to the 11 am advisory from the NHC.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Still, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch Monday for parts of the Big Island, including Hawaii County, where Kilauea Volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures in three months. Tropical Storm Ileana was trailing John to the southeast but wasn't forecast to reach hurricane force. It was centered about 1,395 miles (2,245 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja.

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Two other systems - Hurricane John and Tropical Storm Kristy - also swirled in the Pacific west of Mexico.

On the current forecast track, the center of Hector is slated to pass about 150 miles south of the Big Island by Wednesday afternoon, and about 300 miles south of Oahu by Wednesday night.

Swells from Hector will produce surf heights from 12 to 15 feet on east-facing shores mainly for the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ileana is forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning, August 7.

Far out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector was in the central Pacific as a strong Category 4 storm, with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported.

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