Hurricane Barbara weakened into a tropical storm in the open Pacific Ocean far east of Hawaii on Friday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Barbara's maximum sustained winds decreased to 60 mph (195kph) after reaching powerful Category 4 strength earlier this week. The storm's center was located about 1,330 miles (2,145 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii on Friday. The hurricane center forecast Barbara to degenerate further and likely become a remnant low system Saturday as it heads in the general direction of the islands.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
They're “sweet and firm,” just like the former First Lady. The Houstonian Hotel has been whipping up Barbara Bush’s chocolate chip cookies since 2016.“They’re sweet and firm,” Catherine Rodriguez, head pastry chef at the Houstonian, recently told CultureMap—two adjectives many would use to describe the former First Lady herself.Following Bush's death at the age of 92 last week, the Houstonian has been treating guests to her “famous” chocolate chip cookies in her honor. “We’ve been baking and giving away thousands of Mrs. Bush’s cookies since her passing,” Rodriguez said.The cookie recipe was a favorite of the Bush family matriarch, who reportedly got it from a dear friend. In 1992, she even submitted it to Family Circle’s “presidential bake-off” competition.