Hawaii is keeping a cautious eye on two hurricanes churning within the central and eastern Pacific. However, the stronger one, Erick, is ready to weaken because it passes south of the islands, while the next storm, Flossie, will likely to develop into a tropical storm by Thursday.
Erick, lowered from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 3, was pushing winds of 120 mph because it approached the state from the east on Wednesday, bringing moist situations into the weekend. The center was anticipated to pass directly south of the Big Island on Friday.
Hawaii can anticipate excessive surf, robust winds, and heavy rain; however, the impact will depend on the intensity as Erick approaches, based on the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Forecasters warn of probably harmful surf circumstances, primarily along east dealing with shores.
The middle says Erick was already dropping strength Wednesday and was expected to weaken gradually right into a tropical storm before pushing south of Hawaii on Thursday and Friday.
At 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m. EST) Erick was about 830 miles east southeast of Honolulu transferring toward the west at 13 mph.
Flossie was 1,975 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, transferring northwest at 15 mph with sustained winds close to 75 mph. The center says Flossie, the fourth hurricane of the Pacific season, could strengthen during the subsequent two to three days.