Tropical Storm Erick Upgraded To Hurricane, Tropical Storm Flossie Not Far Behind

Tropical Storm Erick Upgraded To Hurricane, Tropical Storm Flossie Not Far Behind”

The storm is now packing maximum sustained winds of 120mph (195km/h), making it a category 3 hurricane.

Tropical Storm Erick is gaining strength in the eastern Pacific Ocean and is forecast to approach Hawaii by the weekend, forecasters announced Monday.

"The trade winds will strengthen on Thursday statewide as Tropical Cyclone Erick nears the islands", the National Weather Service in Honolulu said.

As per officials, the maximum sustained winds stood at 130 mph while Hurricane Erick could make sea waters rise between seven to 16 feet by tomorrow night. Swells generated by Hurricane Erick will arrive over the next couple of days, potentially producing unsafe surf conditions, mainly along east facing shores, according to NWS Honolulu.

"As Erick passes to the south of Hawaii, rough surf and increased rip currents will impact the Big Island", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson. The central pressure is 954 millibar, which is almost 30 inches of mercury.

It is far too early to tell what ― if any ― impact Hurricane Flossie will have on Hawaii, though several forecast models are in agreement that its track brings it close to the state. Its winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 kilometers) to the northeast of the center, with its minimum central pressure now at 990mb, almost 30inHg.

Yes, it looks very doom and gloom, but there's good news for Hawaii: The storm is not expected to make landfall.

Hurricane Erick is now a category three "major" hurricane, according to the National Weather Service. Individual waves may be more than twice the significant wave height, it said in its latest hurricane warning. Some of these storms could produce heavy rain and localized flooding.

According to NWS, hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, with 97 percent of tropical cyclones occurring during this time period.

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