- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - A tropical depression has formed, entering the Central Pacific and could be coming toward Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1KN7fo7 ) that Tropical Depression 4-E cropped up Tuesday and could become Tropical Storm Ela by Wednesday if it strengthens. It was about 960 miles away from Hilo Tuesday night.

Forecasters say it is too early to tell the exact path of the system, but if it comes closer to the islands it could bring stronger winds and heavier rains.

Emergency management officials are telling residents to monitor the storm. They say having extra supplies and an emergency plan in place is always a good idea during hurricane season.

Accuweather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says if the storm stays on its current path it could begin to produce squalls and swells Thursday


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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