Tropical Storm Flossie Weakens: Is Hawaii Spared? [FORECAST, VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on July 26, 2013 5:29 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Flossie
Tropical Storm Flossie is traveling towards Hawaii. Forecasts expect the storm system to downgrade before reaching land. (Photo: NOAA)

Tropical Storm Flossie will continue to travel towards Hawaii through next week, reported Accuweather Friday afternoon.

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The eastern Pacific Ocean storm system took shape early Thursday morning over warm waters and is currently thousands of miles away from any land. The distance between Tropical Storm Flossie and Hawaii will continue to shrink as the storm moves along a west-northwest track. 

According to Accuweather reports, Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to make landfall in Hawaii by Monday night to Tuesday morning. 

While Tropical Storm Sandy is maintaining maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, up from 40 mph earlier this week, USNews reports that Flossie is expected to weaken as increased wind sheer and cooler waters work to downgrade the storm. Thankfully, this will mean Hawaii will not be facing extreme tropical storm conditions.

"The bottom line is that Flossie is expected to be only a weak tropical storm, tropical depression, or remnant by the time it reaches the Hawaiian Islands Monday and Tuesday," The Weather Channel reported.

What's more, areas in Hawaii are running below average in terms of rainfall over the last year so rainfall from this system will be beneficial, as long as it is not too heavy. 

"Enhanced shower activity will spread from east to west across the islands Monday night through Wednesday, threatening to put a damper on outdoor activities," said the National Weather Service. The statement also warned Hawaiians that it is "Important to keep in mind that even the remnants of tropical cyclones can sometimes bring copious, excessive rainfall."

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