Hawaii braces for Flossie - KMSP-TV

Hawaii braces for Flossie

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The island paradise of Hawaii, known for its tranquil weather, gentle trade winds and near perfect year round temperatures, is bracing for some not so pleasant weather.

 For the second time, a storm named Flossie takes aim at the Islands. If that name sounds familiar, it is because back in 2007, a Hurricane Flossie passed just to the south of the Pacific Island Chain. This time around, Flossie is a tropical storm and a weakening tropical storm at that.

High surf is definitely a threat as winds are expect to gust to about 45-60 mph. That is quite the breeze, but its the heavy rain that poses the biggest threat to life and property. The storm is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of rain over Maui and the Big Island, with up to 15 inches possible in isolated locations, and 4 to 8 inches of rain over Oahu and Kauai. That amount of rain will cause flash flood with heavy runoff expected throughout the island's mountainous terrains.

The eye of Flossie is expected to go over Maui and Oahu and the storm itself is expected to directly affect all the islands in the chain. All the islands can expect gusty winds and heavy rain, and possible mudslides. Although rare in Hawaii, tornadoes can also occur when Flossie passes over the Islands. 

 

Flossie will be the first tropical cyclone to make landfall in the islands since Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai in 1992. Frazier

 

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