12 am: Erick & Flossie Updates for Friday, Aug. 2

12 am: Erick & Flossie Updates for Friday, Aug. 2

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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.

While Erick and Flossie are past their peak and are forecast to avoid a direct hit on Hawaii, expect both tropical features to cause more widespread showers and building seas around the islands in the coming days.

Forecasters believe Flossie will pass north of the islands as a weak tropical storm or a tropical depression Monday and Tuesday.

Erick is moving toward the WNW near 13 miles per hour with a turn toward the NW expected on Sunday.

SURF: Swells generated by Erick will continue to affect the Hawaiian Islands today, producing risky surf conditions, mainly along E- and SE-facing shores.

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Wind gusts are expected to reach 45 miles per hour through Friday, which could result in downed trees and power outages.

Gradual weakening is anticipated over the weekend and will likely continue through early next week.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Flossie was moving briskly across the Pacific Ocean west-northwest at 18 mph and was 1,350 miles east of Hilo, the weather service said.

Two-day graphical Tropical Weather Outlook with Erick and Flossie. This could occur in areas that are typically sheltered from rainfall during the trade winds such as Honolulu and Kekaha.

Some gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

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The center of Tropical Storm Flossie is located near latitude 17.1°N, longitude 137.8°W, about 1,145 miles E of Hilo, according to the NWS National Hurricane Center in Miami. "On the forecast track, Flossie should cross into the Central Pacific basin Friday afternoon".

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

A flash flood watch was issued for the Big Island from Thursday to Saturday. Deep tropical moisture expected to move over the islands north of Erick will keep the rain chances up, initially over the eastern portion of the state tonight, then across the smaller islands Friday through Saturday.

As for Tropical Storm Flossie following closely behind Erick, it is expected to pass north of the islands early next week.

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