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Flossie intensifies, could hit Maui and/or Big Island

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 09:46 a.m. HST, Jul 28, 2013


Tropical Storm Flossie strengthened overnight as it headed toward Maui County and Hawaii island, where it could come ashore after midnight tonight.

Hawaii and Maui counties are under tropical storm warnings and a statewide flash flood watch is in effect as Flossie threatens to bring strong winds, heavy rains and potentially dangerous surf to all islands.

The warning, issued at 11 p.m. Saturday, means that tropical storm-force sustained winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 36 hours. Oahu is under a tropical storm watch, which means tropical storm conditions are expected within 48 hours.

A flash flood watch has been issued for all islands from Monday morning through Tuesday night.

The storm could drop up to 15 inches of rain to windward areas of Maui and Hawaii counties, and 6 to 10 inches in other areas, forecasters said. Up to 12 inches of rain could fall on windward Oahu and 4 to 8 inches in central and leeward areas. Kauai may see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with up to 6 inches on windward slopes.

"The rain will be widespread, will affect both the upper and lower elevations. Rock and mudslides caused by the rainfall will be possible around or near mountain slopes. The heavy rain will also fall over urban areas in the lower elevations, which will be more susceptible to flooding problems," the National Weather Service said.

Flossie's maximum sustained winds increased to 65 mph overnight with higher gusts, forecasters said. The projected storm path is also a little bit north of what was predicted Saturday. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves towards and over the islands, but the current forecast track keeps it as a tropical storm through Wednesday.

As of 8 a.m. today, Flossie was moving west at 20 mph and was about 490 miles east of Hilo and 680 miles east southeast of Honolulu. Tropical storm force winds extended 175 miles from the center.

Flossie is predicted make landfall on the Big Island and/or Maui as a tropical storm. It will hit Hawaii island first and move over Maui later on Monday.

The heavier rain potential is on the northern half of the storm.

The maximum sustained winds of 65 mph are slightly higher than the  60 mph winds on Saturday, but below the storm's peak of 70 mph Friday night when the storm generated maximum sustained winds just under category 1 hurricane status of 74 mph.

Honolulu forecasters repeated today that "abundant tropical moisture associated with Flossie will bring elevated potential for very heavy rainfall and flash flooding" throughout the state Monday and Tuesday.

Hilo could start experiencing the effects of Flossie Sunday as high surf generated by the storm hits east shores.

Early Monday morning, Hawaii county residents may see frequent showers, possible thunderstorms and 15 to 20 mph north winds and gusts to 35 mph increasing to northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.  During the day, Hilo can expect northwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph shifting to the south 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph early in the afternoon, then decreasing to 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 60 mph late in the afternoon.

Maui conditions will be similar, starting later in the morning.

Honolulu could  also start to see heavy rain and windy conditions during the day on Monday, with possible tropical storm conditions, including the chance of thunderstorms, Monday night through Tuesday.

Winds in Honolulu Monday night will be from the east at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph decreasing to 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph after midnight. 

The storm will also bring high surf to east shores. The weather service marine forecast for Hawaii said Flossie “may bring dangerous surf to east facing shores."

Surf up to 18 feet is possible for east-facing shores of the Big Island and Maui County, while other islands could see up to 15-foot waves.

Forecasters and emergency management officials statewide say the public should be prepared and have stocked emergency kits on hand.







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Aieagrl wrote:
Just like the politicians, story keeps flip flopping. It's a good idea to be prepared, Mother nature just might put out this time and give us one heck of a blow.
on July 26,2013 | 12:09PM
TLehel wrote:
Weather is unpredictable. They're updating as it develops. It's not "flip floppy", it's just nature.
on July 26,2013 | 12:57PM
kennysmith wrote:
just read my point of view i have put in down below on this page.
on July 27,2013 | 11:21AM
jess wrote:
Being a weatherman is the only job you can be wrong more than half of the time and still have a job!
on July 26,2013 | 01:01PM
mikethenovice wrote:
How about the current do nothing Republican Congress still getting paid to sit on their hands and watch America go down the tubes. What a country!
on July 26,2013 | 01:08PM
jess wrote:
True, but unfortunately some people think those Republicans are right.
on July 26,2013 | 02:03PM
Anonymous wrote:
Like Hanabusa who voted for 24-7 citizen monitoring/intimidation.
on July 26,2013 | 04:02PM
nitpikker wrote:
oh yeah? i know al qaida would like to see that come to an end.
on July 27,2013 | 12:21AM
akuman808 wrote:
I'm sure NSA has already checked you out and determined that you are not important or relevant.
on July 27,2013 | 02:49AM
kainalu wrote:
lol
on July 27,2013 | 09:19AM
aomohoa wrote:
If you think this should be a one party country you don't belong here! Why don't we stick to the weather which is what this article is about.
on July 26,2013 | 06:54PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Agree. How did this article on the weather morph into politics? People, try to stay focused. Geez!
on July 27,2013 | 09:13AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The greedy ones.
on July 28,2013 | 06:36AM
allie wrote:
Tea Party is the major threat to America's health right now. Their hatred for America-the America of today-is terrifying.
on July 27,2013 | 07:36AM
mustangguru wrote:
So upholding the constitution is hatred for America.
on July 27,2013 | 09:49AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Find a 12-step. Your Kool-Aid addiction is out of control.
on July 28,2013 | 05:28AM
Nevadan wrote:
You like free advertisement for your drink, don't you? Get real. Pay for it.
on July 28,2013 | 09:02AM
hunebasami wrote:
America the worse country in the world that everyone want to come to. They pay to sneak in. Some risk their lives to get here. But those that think this is a bad place then leave.
on July 28,2013 | 07:18AM
aomohoa wrote:
Did they not teach you how to at UH how to focus on the subject?? This article is about the weather.
on July 28,2013 | 09:15AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Amazing. A story about a tropical storm heading towards our homes and you use it to take a political swipe at those you hate. Sad.
on July 27,2013 | 09:17AM
serious wrote:
What does this have to do with the hurricane? Check your President on his $60,000,000 vacation and then having the civil service workers taking a 20% wage cut.
on July 27,2013 | 09:28AM
IAmSane wrote:
"Why are you making a comment that has nothing to do with the hurricane? Oh, also: here's a comment that has nothing to do with the hurricane that I made up."
on July 27,2013 | 09:40PM
aomohoa wrote:
If you comment on the hurricane destroying your home, which just talk about politics!
on July 28,2013 | 09:17AM
SteveToo wrote:
How about the do nothing Democrats? Same thing on their end of Congress. LOL
on July 27,2013 | 01:36PM
sluggah wrote:
Yup, it's those wascally wepubwicans that bring us storms. What a maroon!
on July 27,2013 | 01:46PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds more like the whetherman than a weatherman. Whether we will have the storm or not.
on July 28,2013 | 06:55AM
allie wrote:
agree..very scary and I am scheduled to work in Waikiki Monday night!
on July 26,2013 | 01:01PM
zelda123 wrote:
Just drive with care and pay attention to the radio, you should be fine
on July 26,2013 | 02:15PM
allie wrote:
I ride the bus but thanks.....shudder...
on July 26,2013 | 02:48PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I sent this message while riding the bus from my S4.
on July 28,2013 | 06:52AM
soundofreason wrote:
I think I can help pinpoint why you don't have a car.
on July 28,2013 | 07:22AM
aomohoa wrote:
Exactly! How does this poor little Mandan, who hates people with money ,own one of these phones? I don't.
on July 28,2013 | 09:18AM
honopic wrote:
Amazing! You're probably the only one on the whole island with that dilemma! Perhaps we should call off Tropical Storm Flossie and invoke the "allie rule." If it's something she'll post about, don't let it happen. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 26,2013 | 03:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
Everything scares you. Although we are way over due for a big storm. If I were you I would get on a plane and go back to ND.
on July 26,2013 | 04:15PM
allie wrote:
why so mean..I am on the bus to work now and everyone is so nice!
on July 26,2013 | 05:10PM
aomohoa wrote:
At least you're not walking across the street and texting which is really dumb. I wasn't mean just telling the truth.
on July 26,2013 | 06:56PM
aomohoa wrote:
Sounds like you must have a fancy phone with expensive service. How can you afford that? A poor student and all. I don't even have a phone like that.
on July 26,2013 | 08:37PM
allie wrote:
ATT and T iphone. I work long hours!
on July 27,2013 | 07:37AM
8082062424 wrote:
But say how poor you are
on July 27,2013 | 07:57AM
aomohoa wrote:
So shouldn't you be working instead of commenting? I think you should be fired!
on July 28,2013 | 09:20AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I collect HI5 cans to afford my cell.
on July 28,2013 | 06:37AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Good for you. You are resolute to you job. rain or shine.
on July 28,2013 | 06:52AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
We need the rain. Maybe not all at once, but we need the rain.
on July 26,2013 | 12:21PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Let it rain for forty days and forty nights and thou shalt built one big boat 300 cubits by 30 cubit by 50 cubits and gather 3 of each species.
on July 26,2013 | 03:39PM
Aieagrl wrote:
We didn't have to last time it rained 40 days and nights here. But that is not to say I didn't have my paddle ready.
on July 26,2013 | 04:45PM
mikethenovice wrote:
40 days? Sounds like the Bible here?
on July 28,2013 | 06:51AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I don't have my foot to cubit converter. I'm sunk.
on July 26,2013 | 07:01PM
Ewasohappy wrote:
1 cubit=45.72cm=18inches
on July 27,2013 | 08:40AM
mikethenovice wrote:
That's the size of my smartphone?
on July 28,2013 | 06:39AM
sluggah wrote:
Dry like no 'nuff here on Maui. Bring us some rain! Get plenty beer and hunker down with your honey.
on July 27,2013 | 01:44PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Nice way to say it. Sounds like a song lyrics. You have hidden talent.
on July 28,2013 | 06:38AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The big question this weekend is to wash the car or not?
on July 26,2013 | 01:08PM
aomohoa wrote:
If you wash it, it will come:)
on July 26,2013 | 04:15PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Still talking about Korean massage parlors, eh?
on July 26,2013 | 07:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
What kind of drugs are you on weird o??? You are disgusting!
on July 26,2013 | 08:38PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Free service, right?
on July 28,2013 | 06:40AM
Eradication wrote:
Hey Folks....It's a weather watch update. Not politics. Some of you folks need to get a life. Geez Louise!!!
on July 26,2013 | 07:01PM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree with you completely.
on July 26,2013 | 08:39PM
cojef wrote:
From the way the Government is prying into our busines, it is frustrating, thus politics enters the picture. Got to blame someone. What else is a better venue. Now, politics aside, Mother Nature will do as she pleases, just like all women, unpredictable. Hope the women accept my ramblings, cuz it's just that. Have blown my sex.
on July 27,2013 | 07:00AM
IAmSane wrote:
.....
on July 27,2013 | 09:42PM
inHilo wrote:
Just like all men, so frustrated they have to blame someone.
on July 28,2013 | 06:50AM
cojef wrote:
Wonder if a man thought of word "Mother Nature" or a woman to advance the cause for women rights??
on July 28,2013 | 08:05AM
aomohoa wrote:
A man would never have the wrath of a woman. LOL So look out.
on July 28,2013 | 09:22AM
South76 wrote:
Hurricane season has just started and we have a long way before this season ends; what happens when a hurricane really hits our islands this time...do home owners have the right to sue the state to cover reconstruction cost? Homeowners were forced to doll out money into the Hurricane Relief Fund that was intended to help homeowners in the event of hurricane damage? Instead those funds were diverted to cover state govt union pay raises and to balance the state budget.
on July 27,2013 | 05:12AM
localguy wrote:
Never, ever, trust the majority of our elected bureaucrats. It is always what is in it for them, not taking care of taxpayers. They will raid a fund in a heartbeat, lying to us to hide their failure. This is what they do.
on July 27,2013 | 08:49AM
manakuke wrote:
Hopefully it slows down otherwise it is on a definite collision course.
on July 27,2013 | 06:29AM
allie wrote:
yup
on July 27,2013 | 07:38AM
false wrote:
If a storm is 1035 miles away and moving at 20 mph, how come it does not take 51 days to reach us?
on July 27,2013 | 06:47AM
Ewasohappy wrote:
20 mph x 24 hrs = 480 mi. 1035 mi / 480 =2.15 days.
on July 27,2013 | 08:43AM
allie wrote:
yup
on July 27,2013 | 09:17AM
soundofreason wrote:
If there was a way that we could lead it to one of Honolulu's DMV lines, THAT would slow it down.
on July 28,2013 | 07:27AM
localguy wrote:
false - Really? Are you a product of the Nei's failing education system? Divide 1035 miles by 20 = 51 hours, not days. No wonder the world laughs at the backwards Nei. Unbelievable.
on July 27,2013 | 08:46AM
sluggah wrote:
Bux for lolos!
on July 27,2013 | 03:52PM
jusjoking wrote:
24 hours in day might be why.
on July 27,2013 | 08:48AM
soundofreason wrote:
They think of things in terms of "contracted work days".
on July 28,2013 | 07:28AM
manakuke wrote:
Hopefully it slows down otherwise it is on a definite collision course.
on July 27,2013 | 07:03AM
localguy wrote:
What can the islands expect from this storm? If past events hold, expect: Hundreds of substandard HECO power poles to come crashing down. Remember in the past how they fell under the slightest breeze. Related damage will take HECO weeks to fix as they can't call in extra crews as the mainland can. Also remember HECO's union workers follow their union first, customers last. Remember not long ago when poles came down, union contract talks ongoing, union told workers to leave the job site, they did. So much for customer concern. Expect long lines at stores for island essentials - toilet paper and rice. Water is not an issue. Hot water heaters hold plenty of fresh water should there be an issue. Let's see how well the island holds up on this weather front. Willing to bet our local bureaucrats will fail us again, their standard.
on July 27,2013 | 08:45AM
allie wrote:
good points
on July 27,2013 | 09:18AM
8082062424 wrote:
That the very reason you invest in a Generator
on July 27,2013 | 10:00AM
mikethenovice wrote:
From Home Depot, of course.
on July 28,2013 | 06:42AM
aomohoa wrote:
Only if you want a better deal than City Mill:)
on July 28,2013 | 09:27AM
aomohoa wrote:
Exactly.
on July 28,2013 | 09:26AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Non-union shops also have rules too. What, you hate rules?
on July 28,2013 | 06:41AM
localguy wrote:
Rules are fine when they are developed with intelligence and common sense. Sad to say both these qualities are lacking in the majority of union bosses. The HECO workers could have finished the repair, then gone on strike, making them look good. No. Clueless union bosses stopped the work, making them and the union look like fools, their standard. Unions will always take care of themselves first, customers last, their standard.
on July 28,2013 | 07:29AM
aomohoa wrote:
How about YOU make sure YOU are prepared. Don't rely on others. I can't believe when people think a disaster is coming they have to go out to buy toilet paper, etc. It's ridiculous.
on July 28,2013 | 09:26AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed .....
on July 27,2013 | 10:18AM
mikethenovice wrote:
In that order? Good advice.
on July 28,2013 | 06:42AM
aomohoa wrote:
Good things to do, and check your emergency supplies:)
on July 28,2013 | 09:28AM
kennysmith wrote:
you people better get ready for that storm and make sure you take all of the people off the streets soon. the way i see this from my point of view it is not good for you all there.
on July 27,2013 | 11:19AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Bath time for the homeless.
on July 28,2013 | 06:42AM
pj737 wrote:
At 20:30 you can see a distinct closed eye form and remain in the subsequent two frames. Not typical in a weakening tropical storm
on July 27,2013 | 11:40AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, but the water temp is the big thing. Been in the eye of 63 of those hummers in WB-50's. They also didn't show the mili bars of pressure, the lower the meanest! Also, like cockroaches, they come is groups!!
on July 27,2013 | 01:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The roaches in my house don't come in groups like yours does.
on July 28,2013 | 06:44AM
adri1456 wrote:
I just got my emergency supplies ready, iPod touch, iPad mini, Nexus 7, cell phones, and a 2.5" USB hard drive all ready to go. Bring it.
on July 27,2013 | 03:33PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Sounds like fun. Can I come over?
on July 28,2013 | 06:45AM
syhud wrote:
When this TP weakens to a whisper, watch out! It'll still pack a punch!
on July 27,2013 | 03:41PM
mikethenovice wrote:
"Punch"? Yes, God does have a lot of Power. Respect Him.
on July 28,2013 | 06:46AM
localguy wrote:
HECO bureaucrats are terrified a strong storm will prove what they are trying to hide from ratepayers, HECO is ill prepared to respond to a major storm hitting the island. They expect hundreds to thousands of poles to snap, blocking roads and causing home damage they will have to pay for. HECO could have installed reinforced concrete/steel poles as Okinawa did, easily surviving the strongest typhoon. Instead HECO used the money to overpay their CEO for nothing. Plan on mega spoiled food in homes and stores unless they have backup generators.
on July 27,2013 | 04:52PM
localguy wrote:
HECO bureaucrats are scared a strong storm will prove what they are trying to hide from ratepayers, HECO is ill prepared to respond to a major storm hitting the island. They expect hundreds to thousands of poles to snap, blocking roads and causing home damage they will have to pay for. HECO could have installed reinforced concrete/steel poles as Okinawa did, easily surviving the strongest typhoon. Instead HECO used the money to overpay their CEO for nothing. Plan on mega spoiled food in homes and stores unless they have backup generators.
on July 27,2013 | 04:52PM
Anonymous wrote:
My sistah spent $42,000 on solar panels. Lotta good that's gonna do when it's raining cats and dogs through Flossie.
on July 28,2013 | 05:48AM
mikethenovice wrote:
It will take another 42 years to break even you silly rabbit.
on July 28,2013 | 06:48AM
aomohoa wrote:
$42,000 was a rip off. We paid half of that and we are saving a fortune. We have like 32 solar panels. It will take about 5 years to break even.
on July 28,2013 | 09:34AM
aomohoa wrote:
Your sister got ripped off but solar doesn't need a lot of direct light. We have solar power and for our water heater too. There was a rime when there was no sun for 4 days and we still had hot water and our water heater is on solar only.
on July 28,2013 | 09:32AM
mikethenovice wrote:
They don't hide from a storm. They use it to raise prices after a storm. citing repair bills needed to restore...
on July 28,2013 | 06:47AM
localguy wrote:
Have all the supplies of rice, toilet tissue and bottled water been cleaned out of every store? Just saying from past experience as shown on the news...........
on July 27,2013 | 06:26PM
localguy wrote:
Have all the supplies of rice, bathroom tissue and bottled water been cleaned out of every store? Just saying from past experience as shown on the news...........
on July 27,2013 | 06:27PM
honokai wrote:
Sad that people going to return half of it after Frank Flossie passes.
on July 27,2013 | 07:09PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The other half will have lost the receipt.
on July 28,2013 | 06:49AM
mikethenovice wrote:
No wonder Costco was busy.
on July 28,2013 | 06:48AM
aomohoa wrote:
All 4 Costco's here are always busy:)
on July 28,2013 | 09:35AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Bring it on........................I'am ready.
on July 27,2013 | 09:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What's is the "it"?
on July 28,2013 | 06:50AM
cojef wrote:
Flossie, be careful, might get hit by the feminists, like my earlier post. Anyway, 65 miles per hour winds are just under hurricane force so be careful, especially near streams and rivlets as flashfloods can wash a person into the ocean and then pau. Posting from the mainland, but I do care for tha aina and the people of my birth
on July 28,2013 | 08:19AM
niimi wrote:
It is a good thing the storm is tracking near 20 degrees N Latitude. Had it tracked near 15 degrees N.--over much warmer waters--it would have grown in intensity. There is a loose set of storm activity behind Flossie. We hope they won't organize into a Tropical Depression since that activity is starting South of where Flossie originally formed.
on July 27,2013 | 09:47PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Yes. Mother Nature can read the coordinates on the map, my dear.
on July 28,2013 | 06:51AM
8082062424 wrote:
Let it come im ready all i have to do is run to the bank to have some cash on hand
on July 28,2013 | 06:59AM
soundofreason wrote:
All I have to do is wait for you to come back so "I" have some cash on hand ;) Honk twice.
on July 28,2013 | 07:32AM
Anonymous wrote:
lol
on July 28,2013 | 08:20AM
aomohoa wrote:
Ditto!
on July 28,2013 | 09:36AM
eljay wrote:
storm's comin', Pa!
on July 28,2013 | 07:23AM
johndoe wrote:
Experts have been saying they expect it to weaken yet it has maintained or even intensified a little. You cannot predict mother nature.
on July 28,2013 | 07:26AM
cojef wrote:
Yes, you don't need another "iniki". My brother lost the roof of his house, lucky no one got hurt.
on July 28,2013 | 08:21AM
Slow wrote:
I think Flossie is all Obama's fault. Need proof? We didn't have any hurricanes during Bush's presidency.
on July 28,2013 | 08:31AM
soundofreason wrote:
Can't argue with the facts ;)
on July 28,2013 | 08:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
LOL. Love it. You have just shown how people can twist any facts and statics to prove their point. I love it, even if I don't want to talk politics when we are talkin weather.
on July 28,2013 | 09:38AM
IAmSane wrote:
Exactly. Liburals need to put down their copy of "Das Kapital" and wake up sheeepless!
on July 28,2013 | 10:23AM
inverse wrote:
Hagi and the rest of the weather people assured Flossie would weaken but Mother Nature have proven them wrong. Next time a storm come Hawaii's way, local weather people need to emphasize they are only guessing what might happen and they could be terribly wrong. Man made global climate change is REAL, and with or without man made GCC, Flossie would have existed. The difference is the INTENSITY of Flossie and other weather events occurring throughout the world. LIke wearing a down winter coat on Waikiki beach on a hot sunny day, the amount of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuel has skewed level of these gases and they further insulate a closed environment like the earth to retain much more heat that than prior earths history without humans and the Industrial Age. Heat is ENERGY by the law of conservation of energy s readily converted from other forms like kinetic and potential energy through the earths weather system that ties it heat in the atmosphere with ocean temperatures, currents and coverage of polar ice caps, etc. Man made global climate change will NOT end human civilization as we know it however the new norm is much more intense weather events like hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, storms, etc that are a lot more intense and hence destructive to humans and their habitats then it should be.
on July 28,2013 | 09:02AM
Kuokoa wrote:
Too much hype about something that is not that big of a deal! It will be windy, it will rain. Live with it!
on July 28,2013 | 10:19AM
dpinsacto wrote:
On the bright side, this will be a great way to test out our new substandard Waikiki sewer bypass pipe.
on July 28,2013 | 10:34AM
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