Tropical Storm Flossie Approaches Hawaii

There is still a chance that Dorian may regain its tropical storm status and approach Florida this week.

A geostationary satellite of Tropical Storm Flossie as of 3:30 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013.
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As Hawaii braces for Tropical Storm Flossie to bring heavy rainstorms and strong winds Monday morning, the remnants of Tropical Storm Dorian that died over the weekend in the Atlantic may resurface as a new storm in the next two days.

As Flossie approaches Hawaii, wind speeds have increased to about 60 mph, up from averages of 40 mph and 50 mph throughout most of last week. Forecasters from the National Weather Service say the high winds should be accompanied by heavy rain Monday night.

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Average rainfall throughout the Big Island and Maui is expected to range from 6 to 10 inches, while some areas may see as much as 15 inches. The steady rainfall could cause "life-threatening flash floods and mud slides," the National Weather Service reported.

 

But Flossie is moving in a weakened state. By early Tuesday morning, forecasters expect the storm to move through most of the islands, with maximum wind speeds dropping to about 35 mph.

"Flossie is rapidly weakening, thanks to a plethora of dry air and wind shear," said Weather Channel senior meteorologist Jon Erdman. "Flossie is behaving like Hawaii's limited tropical cyclone climatology: storms approaching from the east tend to weaken before reaching the island chain."

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And across the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, the remains of Tropical Storm Dorian are struggling to make a comeback. The storm was downgraded to a "tropical wave" status over the weekend, but the National Hurricane Center says there is a 40 percent chance it could be reborn as Tropical Storm Erin.

Although The Weather Channel says the storm's threat to the mainland United States is "virtually zero" for the time being, forecasters are monitoring the storm, which could bring chances of flooding, high winds and dangerous surf levels to Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas early this week.

Parts of South Florida are also on alert for increased showers and thunderstorms that may arrive by Thursday. But those conditions could worsen if Dorian regains its tropical storm status, AccuWeather.com reports.

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