Erick and Flossie get closer to Hawaii with threats of high surf

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 01:19:44-04

Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie churned closer to Hawaii on Thursday as forecasters warned of high surf and flooding threats.

Erick is a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph, and is expected to weaken into a tropical storm over the next 24 hours, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said early Thursday.

“Swells generated by Erick will arrive in the Hawaiian Islands tonight through Thursday night, potentially producing dangerous surf conditions, mainly along east facing shores,” the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Wednesday night.

A high surf warning has been issued for the eastern coast of the Big Island. Surf of 15-20 feet is expected through Thursday, Brink said.

Flash flood watches have also been issued for the Big Island as the storm passes to the south — with the biggest threat of flash flooding along the eastern southward facing slopes of the Big Island.

Flossie remains a tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph and little change in strength is forecast over the next 36 hours, Brink said. The storm may make a run for a Category 1 hurricane by this weekend and is not expected to impact Hawaii until Sunday into Monday. Rain and high surf are also possibilities with Flossie.