Tropical storms heading toward Hawaii


Following behind Erick is Hurricane Flossie, which is is expected to weaken to tropical-storm strength later today, before re-strengthening later this week back into a hurricane.

A category-three hurricane named "Erick" is heading towards the Hawaiin islands, along with another category-one hurricane "Flossie", according to the United States' National Hurricane Centre.

Though the storm is not expected to make landfall, it could bring enhanced rain, winds and surf to Hawaii.

On Sunday Erick was about 1,560 miles east-southeast of Hawaii and had maximum wind speeds of 65 mph. It's about 900 miles away from Hawaii and moving west at approximately 17 mph.

More news: An Epic Universe is coming to Universal Orlando with huge new resort
More news: Trump administration to allow Americans to access lower-cost drugs from Canada
More news: Reds and Pirates Tangle in Bench-Clearing Brawl

Even in its diminished state, Erick is expected to bring higher surf, potentially unsafe, along the Hawaiian chain.

Although forecast to pass south of the islands, Erick could still deliver high surf along east-facing shores, heavy rain and flash flooding and heavy trade winds, the hurricane center and county officials said Wednesday.

The National Weather Service noted in a release that seas will likely peak on Thursday at upwards of 13 feet before receding on Friday. However, much of these impacts will depend upon the the intensity and track of this approaching tropical cyclone.

Hurricane Flossie is "a bigger concern" than Hurricane Erick, said Democratic Gov. David Ige, who is considering whether to make emergency proclamations for the state as the storm moves closer. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the storms only have a 10 percent chance of developing into tropical cyclones. It's also carrying winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.