Tropical Storm Watch issued for Big Island, Maui Co.UPDATED 5:25 PM HST Jul 27, 2013Video Transcript
Pam, Flossie is now 775 miles east of Hilo and moving west- northwest at 20 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour, same as the last advisory. Forecast track shows slow, but steady weakening from a combination of cooler ocean temperatures, drier air and added wind shear... with winds down to XX miles per hour by the time Flossie hits the Big Island, now Monday afternoon -- that's a minimal tropical storm. The tall mountains should cause it weaken to fall apart Tuesday south of the smaller islands... which aren't in the clear. Some computer forecast models still track the center of the storm farther north. But right now, it appears the strongest, tropical storm- force winds will be confined to the northern half of the Big Island late Monday. A tropical storm watch is We should all be prepared though, for sustained winds up to 40 miles per hour and gusts to 60 in the windiest places... six to ten inches of rain with locally higher amounts, especially in windward and mauka areas... and surf up to 18 feet, primarily east shores.