Storm strengthens to Hurricane John off Mexico's coast

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"Swells generated by John are expected to begin affecting the coasts of southwestern Mexico and the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula during the next day or so", the NHC said.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and unsafe surfs.

On the other side of the Pacific, Typhoon Shanshan is approaching Japan with maximum winds around 100 miles per hour.

Hurricane Hector, which had winds up to 155 miles per hour on Monday morning, looks like it will stay south of all the islands, but it's worth watching how this storm evolves over the next several days.

The storm's centre was about 240 miles (385 kilometres) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja and moving to the northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

The United States National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the island of Hawai'i.

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However, only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island later tonight or on Wednesday. Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui late today, likely becoming large and unsafe by late tonight and Wednesday.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

Residents along the affected shores should be alert for high and unsafe surf conditions. All these conditions tend to be associated with quieter Atlantic hurricane season.

It is moving northeast at 12 mph with its tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

Latest forecast track for John.