Erick Now Tropical Storm; Flossie May Become Hurricane Again

...ERICK RAPIDLY WEAKENING WELL SOUTH OF THE BIG ISLAND...

LOCATION...15.9N 154.5W ABOUT 265 MI...425 KM S OF HILO HAWAII ABOUT 435 MI...700 KM SSE OF HONOLULU HAWAII MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erick was located near latitude 15.9 North, longitude 154.5 West. Erick is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph, and this motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Erick will pass within about 200 miles south of the Big Island of Hawaii tonight.

SURF: Swells generated by Erick will build across the Hawaiian Islands into this evening then decline late tonight and Friday, producing dangerous surf conditions, mainly along east and southeast facing shores.

RAINFALL: Moisture associated with Erick will spread over portions of the Hawaiian Islands through Saturday, bringing the potential for localized heavy rainfall. Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are possible, with localized higher amounts.

...FLOSSIE A LITTLE STRONGER BUT SHOULD WEAKEN IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC...

LOCATION...16.4N 134.8W ABOUT 1350 MI...2175 KM E OF HILO HAWAII MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70 MPH...110 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 18 MPH...30 KM/H

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Flossie was located near latitude 16.4 North, longitude 134.8 West. Flossie is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed through early Sunday. On the forecast track, Flossie should cross into the central Pacific basin Friday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Flossie has the potential to become a hurricane overnight before a gradual weakening begins by late Friday.

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