Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Hawaii as Flossie heads west. The big island of Hawaii will begin to feel the effects of the storm as early as Monday morning and lasting all day. Winds are currently 60 mph but Flossie is expected to weaken some as it passes over Hawaii. Here is the statement from the National Weather Service in Honolulu:
TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN SLIGHTLY BEFORE
REACHING THE EASTERN END OF THE STATE BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE
STORM WILL THEN CONTINUE WEAKENING THROUGH THE DAY MONDAY AS IT
MOVES WESTWARD. IMPACTS TO THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS INCLUDE HEAVY
RAIN…THUNDERSTORMS…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…DAMAGING WINDS
AND POSSIBLE FLASH FLOODING. ROCK AND MUDSLIDES CAUSED BY THE
RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE AROUND OR NEAR MOUNTAIN SLOPES. COASTAL
FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE. BE AWARE…POUNDING SURF CAN CAUSE
COASTAL ROAD CLOSURES EVEN BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. SURF HEIGHTS
ALONG EAST FACING SHORES WILL BE BETWEEN 15 TO 20 FEET. TORNADOES
AND WATERSPOUTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITHIN TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE. AT
THIS TIME IT IS TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE WHICH ISLAND IS AT MOST
RISK FROM FLOSSIE.
If you know anyone vacationing or living on the big island, please make sure they are prepared! We would also like to chat with them if they are able. They can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closer to the United States and out in the Atlantic, what was Tropical Storm Dorian is trying to come back to life Sunday. It was downgraded to a tropical wave on Saturday but storms firing up on the wave have shown signs of organizing. The Hurricane Hunters flew into the storm today and could not find a low level circulation. They are planning to visit the storm again on Monday. Several computer models are now redeveloping Dorian and taking it west, northwest. This would impact Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico later this week. Lots of uncertainty exists with this feature so we will update as the storm tracks west.