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Tropical storm Flossie heads toward Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:00 p.m. HST, Jul 29, 2013

The National Weather Service is tracking a tropical storm that strengthened from a tropical depression overnight in the Eastern Pacific.

Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to move into the Central Pacific this weekend, and could affect Hawaii’s weather early next week.

It is not expected to develop into a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

Maximum sustained winds are about 40 mph with higher gusts. The storm is less than 2,000 miles east-southeast of the Big Island moving west at 18 mph.

The storm will begin moving into cooler waters, which should weaken the system.

The system is forecast to move east of Hawaii by Monday.

However, National Weather Service forecasters in Honolulu say it’s too early to say how Flossie will affect our weather.

Other storms that have moved east-northeast of Hawaii have cut off the trade winds and created muggy and sometimes wet conditions, along with bringing surf to eastern shores.

Ian Morrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, said the storm highlights that people should be prepared and have emergency kits stocked.

“It’s a very good reminder that we are in the middle of hurricane season,” Morrison said. “The more prepared Hawaii is, then the better off everyone is going to be when it (a storm) does happen.”

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dlum003 wrote:
Scary, we're due ..
on July 24,2013 | 06:38PM
manakuke wrote:
Unpredictable hurricane is predicted to tracks very near the Hawaiian Islands. Annual updating of the emergency kit is wise and avoids ‘last minute’ shopping.
on July 25,2013 | 02:58AM
palani wrote:
“It’s a very good reminder that we are in the middle of hurricane season,” Morrison said.

Right, 35 mph winds, which ranks right up there with our stronger trades, and some rain, which, well, you know, is pretty routine. What passes for "severe weather" in Hawaii.

Anyway, I thought it was tropical depression Joe Biden due in Hawaii this weekend. So now he's anticipated for Monday?

on July 25,2013 | 05:49AM
allie wrote:
on July 25,2013 | 07:41AM
Anonymous wrote:
No problem; Biden won't be here long.
on July 25,2013 | 07:49AM
mitt_grund wrote:
on July 26,2013 | 06:24PM
palani wrote:
Fear not.

Triumph The Hawaii Weather Dog

on July 25,2013 | 09:41AM
niimi wrote:
Er, that's what people thought of Hurricane Iniki. "Yawn, it will never hit our islands. It's tracking West." Then it suddenly turned, strengthened and nailed Kauai and extended well over Oahu causing severe damage to Kauai and pretty extensive damage to West Oahu.
on July 25,2013 | 07:51AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
We all know someone like palani...they're the ones standing in line at Safeway an hour before the storm is supposed to make landfall, waiting to buy beer and toilet paper.
on July 25,2013 | 08:36AM
bluebowl wrote:
I see him as already prepared and not ignorant in regarding his own safety and definitely not dependent on government to help him.
on July 25,2013 | 09:35AM
palani wrote:
That's right, and I've been through more than a couple of actual hurricanes.
on July 25,2013 | 09:45AM
allie wrote:
on July 25,2013 | 09:59AM
manakuke wrote:
Unpredictable hurricane is predicted to tracks very near the Hawaiian Islands. Annual updating of the emergency kit is wise and avoids ‘last minute’ shopping.
on July 25,2013 | 06:42AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This one is headed straight for us. Hope we get some cooler weather so it breaks up. Lately, the weather has been hot and humid which is a good recipe for a hurricane.
on July 25,2013 | 06:57AM
allie wrote:
No, the key ingredient is the temperature of the waters it passes over combined with upper level wind patterns.
on July 25,2013 | 07:41AM
mitt_grund wrote:
What was your major, allie? Sounds like you took a course in meteorology.

Worrisome, Flossy is. We'll see if a late '20's home can withstand another bout with high winds and rain. It survived Iwa and Iniki. But now, Flossy. When a storm sounds like a poodle's name, it's probably going to bite. Don't think you need to worry if you're at work. If it hits before you leave home, don't go to work.

on July 26,2013 | 06:34PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
With global warming don't we then start falling further way from the hurricane zone?
on July 25,2013 | 08:24AM
Aieagrl wrote:
I really hope this hits us. We are long over due for a cleansing.
on July 25,2013 | 08:41AM
Datahorde wrote:
Wish we still had all the money in that Hurricane fund... But Abercrombie has spent well over half of it away... link: http://goo.gl/YUXL7u
on July 25,2013 | 09:46AM
iwanaknow wrote:
This is a good time to leave the islands for a spell? ........................come back later and ask "What Happened?"................til then load up on toilet paper.
on July 25,2013 | 10:27AM
TLehel wrote:
I'll be surprised if this is anything more than a tropical depression by the time it gets here. We seem to deflect bad storms somehow. Of course you never know, this could turn out like Iniki, which I was on Kauai to experience. Not pretty, and definitely no a good time to be mauled by a dog the following day.
on July 25,2013 | 11:09AM
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