Tropical Storm Flossie weakens

LIHUE — The National Hurricane Center reported Saturday that Tropical Storm Flossie was weakening and expected to continue to lose steam as it headed toward Hawaii.

“Satellite images indicate that Flossie has started to weaken,” according to the NHC.

AccuWeather.com also reported Flossie was ebbing.

“Flossie was close to hurricane intensity Friday night, then encountered cooler waters and started to weaken Saturday morning,” the weather service reported. “That weakening trend will persist through early next week as Flossie maintains its path toward Hawaii.”

AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect Flossie to weaken to a tropical rainstorm before crossing the Big Island late Monday.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu reported that heavy rains and flash flooding are possible in Hawaii on Monday and Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Big Island and the islands of Maui County.

The storm on Saturday was about 775 miles east of Hilo, had winds of 50 mph and was moving west-northwest at 18 mph.

“County officials are in regular communication with NOAA personnel on Tropical Storm Flossie and continue to monitor the storm as it approaches the state,” said county spokeswoman Sarah Blane. “Essential personnel have been briefed with updated information and stand ready to respond in the event of a severe weather event.”

The rain from Flossie will be beneficial in terms of easing the state’s rainfall deficit.

A report from the United States Drought Monitor, released on Thursday stated that 86.5 percent of Hawaii was abnormally dry.

The Kauai Civil Defense Agency recommends that every household maintain a home survival kit that is ready for use in emergencies. It should include basic first aid supplies and prescriptions as recommended by the family physician.

Stock nonperishable food items for at least a seven-day supply for the entire household.

Don’t forget pets.

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