Erick To Pass Within 200 Miles of Big Island; Flossie To Come Close Monday

Erick begins its pass of Hawaii to the south as Flossie's forecast path becomes clearer.

Hurricane Erick: As of 5AM Thursday, Erick remains a hurricane as it approaches to the south of the Big Island. The storm now is 315 miles SE of Hilo and 520 miles SE of Honolulu. Erick is expected to pass roughly 200 miles south of the Big Island through the day today and tomorrow on a WNW track at 15 miles per hour. Erick's maximum sustained winds are now 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm. Significant weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Erick is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later today.

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. Surf swells generated by Erick will arrive in the Hawaiian Islands the next couple of days, potentially producing dangerous surf conditions, mainly along east and southeast facing shores.

Tropical Storm Flossie: Flossie remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, moving to the WNW at 16 miles per hour, and is roughly 1500 miles SE of Hilo. At this pace and track, Flossie will cross into the Central Pacific by Saturday. Little change in strength is expected for Flossie over the next two days, with gradual weakening starting Saturday. According to the NWS, "it is worth noting that the confidence in the 5-day forecast position of Flossie is quite low, and the average error of track and intensity forecasts at that range is about 200 miles and 20 mph,respectively." In other words, the current forecast track could change significantly depending upon changing conditions.

Therefore -- stay tuned to this iHeartRadio station for the latest on both Erick and Flossie.