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Earliest calendar year hurricane in the Central Pacific

NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Storm Pali to a hurricane. It is the earliest recorded hurricane in a calendar year in the Central Pacific. The previous record was held by Hurricane Ekeka in January 1992.

Hurricane Pali is centered about 650 miles (1045 km) south-southwest of Johnston Island and 1320 miles (2125 km) southwest of Honolulu. Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph – a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. A slow weakening is expected to begin today. Pali is not a threat to land.

Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center at

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