Tropical Storms Erick and Flossie to Become Hurricanes
Tropical Storm Erick is forecast to become a hurricane “any time soon,” then potentially a major hurricane on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. A weakening trend is forecast to begin by later in the week.
The National Hurricane Center reports that Erick is located about 1300 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaiʻi and was moving toward the west near 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts.
The National Weather Service says “typical moderate to breezy trade wind weather will continue through Thursday for most islands.” The weather pattern is forecast to change late Thursday as Tropical Storm Erick moves into the local area. “Expect higher humidity levels with increasing clouds and showers spreading westward across the state from Thursday evening into next weekend,” according to the NWS forecast.
On the heels of Erick is another system, tropical storm Flossie, located 2700 miles ESE of Hilo. That system is strengthening at this time and is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow.