Tropical Storm Flossie maintains intensity off Mexico

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Tropical Storm Flossie is maintaining strength as it continues westward in the eastern North Pacific, but is still forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday night.

The National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m., Tropical Storm Flossie was located 830 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California ― or 2,625 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

It was centered about 1,415 miles to the east of Tropical Storm Erick, and moving to the west at 18 mph.

Flossie’s maximum sustained winds remained at 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Flossie is expected to strengthen slowly into Monday, and then intensify more rapidly after that as it remains in an area of warm sea surface temperatures and low shear. It is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday.

On its current forecast track, Flossie will enter Central Pacific waters sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

It is far too early to tell what, if any, impact it will have on Hawaii, though several forecast models are in agreement that its track brings it close to the state.

Previous tropical cyclones with the name Flossie have had some effect on Hawaii.

A 2013 tropical storm with the name passed brought heavy rain and caused power outages as it passed close to the Big Island and Maui. The center of a hurricane named Flossie in August 2007 passed 100 miles south of South Point before weakening rapidly.

Tropical cyclone names in the eastern North Pacific are used on a six-year cycle.

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