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Lester downgraded to tropical depression in Pacific

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Allen Cone
Lester was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it moved away from the Hawaiian islands. Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Lester was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it moved away from the Hawaiian islands. Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

HONOLULU, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Lester was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it moved away from the Hawaiian islands.

Lester was 225 miles north of Honolulu and 270 miles northeast of Lihue, moving west-northwest at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph on Sunday morning, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.

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A storm is listed as a tropical storm with speeds ranging between 39 mph and 73 mph.

Lester is forecast to gradually turn toward the north-northwest at a slower forward speed through Monday night, the center said.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

"All intensity guidance shows slow, but steady weakening of Lester through day 5 as this system passes over cooler water and the current southwesterly shear increases," the center said Sunday.

Another hurricane headed for Hawaii, Madeline, weakened to a strong tropical storm as it moved within 85 miles of South Point on the Big Island on Wednesday.

The last hurricane to hit the islands was Iniki, a Category 4, in 1992 over Kauai.

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