HILO, Hawaii — The Latest on tropical weather systems threatening Hawaii (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for east-facing shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

The surf is expected to build overnight and waves are expected to tower at 15 to 25 feet on Saturday.

Ocean swells are rising as Hurricane Lester careens through the Pacific just north of the islands.

Meteorologist Bob Burke says the waves could impact low-lying areas.

The storm is weakening but it’s expected to remain a hurricane as it passes the islands Saturday and Sunday.


11:15 a.m.

Tourists in Hawaii are making the best of their vacations, despite the threat of two hurricanes this week.

Julie Harrison of New York said Friday she was a little nervous the hurricanes would ruin her trip to the Big Island but she decided to come anyway. She says it’s been amazing to see the island’s volcanoes and beaches.

A hurricane watch has been dropped on Hawaii’s Big Island, but the threat remains for Maui County and the island of Oahu as Hurricane Lester barrels through the Pacific.

The Category 2 storm is weakening but is expected to remain a hurricane as it passes north of the islands.

Tropical Storm Madeline left parts of Hawaii’s Big Island soggy but intact Thursday.


10:38 a.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says campgrounds on Oahu are staying open as Hurricane Lester approaches. But he says campers should get ready for a wet weekend.

Caldwell said Friday that officials are not expecting a major impact from Hurricane Lester, but they’re preparing for the worst just in case.

Honolulu Emergency Management Department Director Mark Rigg is warning visitors to stay off wet sand and ocean ledges. He says people who aren’t experienced with the ocean should stay out of the water completely.

Caldwell says the popular snorkeling spot Hanauma Bay is staying open for now. Officials plan to assess Saturday morning whether to open emergency shelters.

Lester is on track to blow by Hawaii on Saturday and Sunday, running north of the island chain and parallel to the islands.


9:10 a.m.

A hurricane watch has been dropped on Hawaii’s Big Island, but the threat remains for Maui County and the island of Oahu as Hurricane Lester barrels through the Pacific.

Meteorologist Bob Burke of the National Weather Service said Friday that the storm weakened to a Category 2 but is expected to remain a hurricane as it passes north of the islands.

Large waves from 15 to 25 feet are expected to pound east-facing shores of major islands.

Burke says low-lying areas could be prone to flooding. He says strong winds could pick up starting Friday night.

Hurricane Lester is on track to blow by Hawaii running north of the island chain and parallel to the islands. It’s not expected to hit the islands as a hurricane unless it turns south.