08/07/2013 01:25 pm ET

Hurricane Henriette Becomes Strongest Storm Of The Season Before Losing Steam


Tropical Storm Henriette was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane earlier this week as it reportedly became the strongest storm of the 2013 U.S. hurricane season with 90 mph winds.

Fortunately, the hurricane is not only "far from land," but has been showing signs of waning. From the Associated Press:

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday have decreased to near 85 mph (140 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional weakening is forecast by Thursday.

Henriette is centered about 1,425 miles (2,290 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).

Chris Vaccaro, the director of public affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told NBC News this week that Henriette will likely "weaken to a tropical depression before passing south of Hawaii over the weekend."

"[W]e do not anticipate Henriette making a landfall,” NOAA meteorologist Dennis Feltgen told the news outlet.