Tropical Storm Flossie moving toward Hawaii | News
Tropical Flossie is moving closer to Hawaii. It will move over the islands Monday with tropical storm force winds. The islands are bracing for those strong winds and heavy rain to persist during the day Monday. (The latest advisory from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center is below)
The Pacific Hurricanes have a totally different list of names than the hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. This is the sixth named storm in the Pacific so far this year. The Atlantic has had 4 named storms so far. That might clear up any confusion as to why we were just talking about Dorian in the Atlantic, and now Flossie in the Pacific. Some folks have asked what happened to the "E" named storm. We haven't had an "E" named storm in the Atlantic yet. When we do, it will be Erin. The "E" name in the Pacific was Erick.
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Speaking of Dorian. Yesterday, we told you that the National Hurricane Center had issued its last advisory on Dorian because it fell apart. Now, the NHC is monitoring what's left of Dorian thinking that it could redevelop again. They are giving it a 30% chance that it could become a tropical system again in the next 36 hours. We will keep an eye on it for you.
Here's the official advisory from the Central Pacific Hurricane center on Flossie:
...FLOSSIE CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD THE MAIN HAWAIIAN ISLANDS... LOCATION...19.8N 149.3W ABOUT 375 MI...605 KM E OF HILO HAWAII ABOUT 560 MI...905 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 20 MPH...32 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.41 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY... NONE. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT... A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... *HAWAII COUNTY *MAUI COUNTY...INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF MAUI...MOLOKAI...LANAI AND KAHOOLAWE *OAHU A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR *KAUAI AND NIIHAU A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA WITHIN 48 HOURS. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE HONOLULU NWS FORECAST OFFICE. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.8 NORTH...LONGITUDE 149.3 WEST. FLOSSIE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 20 MPH...32 KM/H...AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE NEXT 48 HOURS...WITH A SLIGHT SLOWING IN FORWARD SPEED. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 160 MILES...260 KM FROM THE CENTER. ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB...29.41 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE BIG ISLAND LATE TONIGHT...MAUI COUNTY MONDAY MORNING AND OAHU MONDAY NIGHT. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON KAUAI AND NIIHAU MONDAY NIGHT...LASTING INTO TUESDAY. RAINFALL...HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AS EARLY AS MONDAY MORNING OVER HAWAII COUNTY AND MONDAY AFTERNOON OVER MAUI COUNTY... WITH HEAVY RAIN SPREADING TO OAHU BY MONDAY NIGHT. FLOSSIE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES OVER THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI COUNTY...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES POSSIBLE...MAINLY WINDWARD. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER OAHU...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES POSSIBLE...MAINLY WINDWARD. THIS RAINFALL COULD CAUSE LIFE- THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES...ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS. SURF...DANGEROUSLY LARGE SURF WILL BEGIN TO IMPACT EAST FACING SHORES OF THE ISLANDS AS EARLY AS TONIGHT WITH THE LARGEST SURF EXPECTED ON MONDAY INTO TUESDAY. BE AWARE THAT LARGE SURF CAN CAUSE COASTAL ROAD CLOSURES...EVEN BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. PLEASE CONSULT THE LATEST HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.