Tropical Depression Three-C forms far southeast of the Hawaiian Islands

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports that a tropical disturbance southeast of the main Hawaiian Islands has developed sufficient and persistent convection around a closed circulation.

This is the sixth tropical cyclone in the Central North Pacific basin for the 2015 season.

If this depression attains tropical storm intensity, it will be named Kilo.

The center of tropical depression Three-C was located about 685 miles south-southeast of Hilo and 875 miles southeast of Honolulu.

The depression is moving toward the west near 16 mph. A west to west-northwest motion is expected over the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Three-c is expected to steadily strengthen and may become a hurricane within the next 48 hours.