11pm Update: Tropical Storm Flossie

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    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –
    Tropical Storm Flossie has weakened since the last update. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) in Honolulu. Winds were at 60 mph in the 8 p.m. update.

    Forecasters said at 11 p.m., the storm was located about 200 miles east of Hilo, or 405 miles east of Honolulu. It was moving toward the west at 17 miles per hour.

    During an 8 p.m. news conference Mike Cantin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the CPHC said that the storm is moving through an area of higher wind shear. Now it appears that shear is helping to slow down Flossie.

    Despite the weakening, the National Weather Service in Honolulu continues to forecast possible torrential rainfall, thunderstorms and high winds from Flossie.

    Flossie is projected to produce heavy rain and possible flash flooding and high winds.

    Flossie is expected to impact Hawaii and Maui counties at about 6 a.m. on Monday, July 29, and at about 6 p.m. the same day for Honolulu and Kauai counties.

    The NWS forecasts 6-10 inches of rain and potential sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph in some parts of the state. High surf and some storm surge to coastal areas are predicted possibly earlier.

    NWS has currently issued a Tropical Storm Warning for all islands except Kauai, which is currently under a Tropical Storm Watch. The entire state is currently under a Flash Flood Watch.

    The State Civil Defense (SCD) has established an Operations Cell to more closely monitor events associated with TS Flossie, and will be fully activating the State Emergency Operations Center at 7 a.m. on Monday.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has pre-deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), which arrived in Honolulu Sunday. SCD continues to coordinate with federal, state, county and private partners in expectation of Tropical Storm Flossie.

    Be alert to Flash Flood WARNINGS because flooding may occur rapidly and threaten life and property. State Civil Defense reminds residents and visitors to take appropriate precautions. Evaluate your family’s emergency plans and check your emergency kits.

    Check your property for potential flooding. Be aware and inspect the “lay of the land” at your home and areas that you visit frequently. If the surrounding land is higher than your location, there is a risk of flooding. Check culverts and gutters on your house. Look for flow paths from previous landslides; this will provide a reasonable estimate of where mudslides and landslides are likely to occur in the future.

    Keep in mind, this forecast can and likely will change over the next few days. Stay with your Severe Weather Station for the very latest on Flossie.

    Here are some tips from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens…
    •Secure loose outdoor objects that might be blown away by high winds, and become flying debris.
    •Boats should be moored securely, or moved to a designated safe area well before the storm arrives.
    •Windows should be boarded up. Larger windows may be broken by wind pressure, while smaller windows are mainly damaged by wind driven debris.
    •If evacuation is required, be sure to take your disaster supply kit when leaving for a designated shelter. Keep in mind that evacuation routes may become flooded or cut off, even before the full force of the tropical cyclone arrives.

    Link to http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/22926997/forecasters-say-tropical-system-moving-towards-central-pacific?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HawaiiNewsNow-News+%28Hawaii+News+Now+-+News%29for more info and updates

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