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Tropical storms heading toward Hawaii

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 14:32:17-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hawaii is watching two tropical systems and could feel impacts as early as today from Hurricane Erick.

The Category 1 storm (as of 5:00 a.m. Hawaii Time on Thursday) has sustained winds of 85 mph but should weaken to a tropical storm later today as it passes about 200 miles south of the Big Island tonight.

Heavy rainfall is expected through Saturday (4" to 6" with locally higher amounts).

Large swells are also going to impact east and southeast facing beaches through Friday.

Flossie is currently a tropical storm poised well east of Hawaii, about 1,500 miles east of Hilo as of Thursday morning.

The storm is projected to brush the north side of the islands by the end of the weekend. Late Sunday and Monday may deliver a batch of heavy rainfall, high surf, and potentially gusty winds depending upon the storm track.

It's expected that Flossie will remain a tropical storm instead of growing to a hurricane, so maximum winds should remain under 74 mph.

Check the National Hurricane Center's Central Pacific page for updates on each storm: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?cpac