Tropical Storm Erick Upgraded To Hurricane, Tropical Storm Flossie Not Far Behind

Maui Now graphic. Background image of Hilo Harbor courtesy file image via Hawaiʻi DOT

Maui Now graphic. Background image of Hilo Harbor courtesy file image via Hawaiʻi DOT

Erick is now spinning with sustained winds of 75mph, making it a category one hurricane. Current tracking has the heart of the storm passing along the south side of the island chain, possible sparing Hawaii from the heaviest wind and rainfall.

According to the NWS, Hurricane Erick will weaken as it approaches the island State from the east, however, wet conditions will spread from east to west across all the islands from tomorrow into the weekend.

Back-to-back hurricanes churned in the eastern Pacific on Wednesday towards Hawaii, with one set to lose punch when it reaches the USA archipelago state even as its mate gains might.

New satellite imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the storm's clearly defined eye and powerful eye wall, the ring of storms that surround the storm's center.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said Flossie was located 1,045 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California ― or 2,299 miles from Hilo. The hurricane is moving west northwest near 15mph (24kph) and is expected to continue on this path until Friday. The Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours before weakening is predicted to start late Wednesday". "These additional local island-by-island impacts are highly dependent upon the size, intensity, and track of Erick as it moves through the Hawaii region".

While both storms appear as though they will not strengthen into hurricanes, or even tropical depressions, they will still likely bring the threat of flash flooding and high winds to the islands.

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