Tropical Storm Flossie Headed Towards Hawaii


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Tropical Storm Flossie is moving toward Hawaii and it should continue on that path for the next week. Flossie was classified as a tropical storm not long after taking shape early on Thursday morning. It is expected that Flossie will gain strength through Friday, with winds reaching 50 miles-per-hour. However, it is believed that the storm will weaken as it makes its way toward land. The storm is not expected to ever reach the status of a hurricane, which to be classified, the storm must reach sustained wind speeds of 74 miles-per-hour.

Flossie is running out of time for much more strengthening since the circulation will begin to reach cooler waters in about a day.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center

The storm is still approximately 1,000 miles from Hawaii. According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, Flossie should reach land Tuesday morning and may weaken to a tropical rainstorm. "That does not mean that Flossie will pass unnoticed across Hawaii," Pydynowski said. "Enhanced shower activity will spread from east to west across the islands Monday night through Wednesday, threatening to put a damper on outdoor activities." The National Weather Service wrote that it is “Important to keep in mind that even the remnants of tropical cyclones can sometimes bring copious, excessive rainfall.”

Another tropical storm has been located in the Atlantic Ocean this week. Tropical storm Dorian, which formed Wednesday, is now traveling west-northwest towards Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida, with sustained winds of approximately 60 mils-per-hour. Dorian is the fourth tropical storm of the season in the Atlantic Ocean.