Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, a little weaker than they were last night. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
It sounds like Flossie’s location was actually a dramatic change for meteorologists. From the 5 a.m. discussion:
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Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center.
Hawaii County says the effects of the storm are expected to impact Hawaii Island around 8:00 a.m. this morning and continue through the day. ” The public is reminded that the Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect and to please continue to prepare for possible storm conditions,” Hawaii County Civil Defense says. “The suspension of Hele-On Bus service continues, however the weather conditions will be evaluated and service restored as soon as safely possible.”
Could it be that Hawaii Island will escape unscathed? This was the scene at 7 a.m. in Hilo, looking makai.