According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Tropical Storm Flossie has prompted tropical storm warnings for the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe as of Monday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Kauai and Niihau.
The Associated Press (AP) was reporting Monday morning that residents and tourists across Hawaii were bracing for Tropical Storm Flossie, which forecasters said was weakening as it approached the state but still could bring heavy rains, strong winds and possibly even tornadoes.
According to the AP, the National Weather Service officials said they expect people on the Big Island and Maui to see the brunt of the storm Monday morning (local time), with wind gusts up to 60 mph, possible flooding and waves up to 18 feet high.
“The National Weather Service has placed Oahu, Maui County and Hawaii Island under a Tropical Storm Warning as Tropical Storm Flossie nears the Hawaiian Islands,” says Mike McCartney, president and CEO Hawaii Tourism Authority, in a prepared statement. “The storm is anticipated to hit the shores of Maui and Hawaii Island after midnight tonight and bring high winds and heavy rains.”
Some airlines have begun announcing flight adjustments, says McCartney. He also advised that visitors should contact their airlines and hotels to confirm their travel plans.
“We ask that all visitors and residents adhere to all warnings and alerts issued by the National Weather Service, the State Civil Defense and the counties,” he says.