Hurricane Erick downgraded to a tropical storm

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The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Erick to a tropical storm.

As of 5 p.m. HST, Erick was centered around 265 miles south of Hawaii Island with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

The storm is moving westward at 13 miles per hour.

Here’s the detailed analysis from the National Weather Service in Honolulu:

“Deep tropical moisture expected to move over the islands north of Erick will translate to increasing rainfall chances, initially over the eastern portion of the state tonight, then across the smaller islands Saturday,” weather officials said. “The best chance for heavy rainfall and flash flooding will remain over Big Island windward areas.”

“Additional impacts will include high surf for the exposed coasts.

Tropical Storm Flossie is forecast to bring additional impacts to the islands as it approaches later this weekend through early next week.

On the forecast track, Flossie should cross into the central Pacific basin Friday afternoon, weather officials said today.

Flossie, located about 1,350 miles east of Hilo, is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. The National Weather Service said Flossie has the potential to become a hurricane overnight before a gradual weakening begins by late Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

With the storms losing some steam, the planned deployment to Hawaii of three Air Force Reserve “hurricane hunter” WC-130J aircraft was canceled, officials said.”

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