(AccuWeather) – Tropical Storm Erick is forecast to become the eastern Pacific Ocean’s latest hurricane as it wanders westward toward Hawaii this week. The basin’s most recent named system organized into a tropical depression over 1,000 miles southwest of Baja California early Saturday morning, local time, before quickly strengthening to a tropical storm. Erick is expected to intensify into a hurricane early this week as it remains in an environment with very warm water and weak wind shear, two factors that promote


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the strengthening of tropical systems. Erick would become the third hurricane of the 2019 East Pacific hurricane season, following Alvin and Barbara. Barbara brushed past Hawaii as a tropical rainstorm in early July. While it is too early to determine whether Erick will pose a direct threat to Hawaii, rough surf and increased rip currents will impact the Big Island at the very least, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson. READ MORE

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