Hurricane Barbara pushed through the Pacific on Wednesday as a strong Category 4 storm, but was very far from the country. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit a maximum of 145 miles per hour early Wednesday.
Barbara may have reached maximum intensity overnight when the maximum wind speed was 155 mph, just below the threshold of 157 mph for a Category 5 storm. The storm was located approximately 1,925 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, moving west to northwest at 10 miles per hour.
It was approximately 1,255 miles from west to southwest of the southern tip of the Mexican Baja California Peninsula. The forecast trail carries the storm roughly towards Hawaii, but is expected to disperse over the weekend before reaching those longitudes.
A gradual slowdown was expected on Wednesday, followed by a faster slowdown on Thursday and Friday. Barbara should weaken on Friday to a tropical storm.