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Felicia Expected to Hit Hawaiian Islands Today

19.3N 150.4W

August 11th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Felicia - August 11th, 2009

Tropical Storm Felicia - August 11th, 2009

Track of Felicia - August 11th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Felicia

The center of Felicia, which has weakened from hurricane to tropical storm status, is located about 160 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii and about 315 miles east of Honolulu, Hawaii. The system is moving toward the west near 10 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Oahu and for all of Maui county, which includes the islands of Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai and Molokai.

A large swell generated by Felicia has already reached the main Hawaiian islands. This swell will build across the state through Tuesday, and on this track, the center of Felicia is expected to reach the Hawaiian islands on Tuesday with rainbands in advance of the center reaching the islands overnight. Regardless of the intensity when it reaches the islands, local heavy rainfall may occur and flash flooding remains a possibility.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches). Felicia is expected to weaken over the next 48 hours.

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