Hurricane Flossie Update at 1:00 PM

Aug 14, 2007 1:30 PM

(KHNL) - I'm Sharie Shima coming to you from the News 8 Weather Center, we are still keeping an eye on Hurricane Flossie.  It has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane but we need to remember that this is a large storm system both width wise and vertical in the atmosphere and could bring lots of rainfall.  Forecasters are expecting anywhere between 5 to 10 inches of rain.  The eye itself has filled a good sign of weakening.  The track has started to slow down.  Earlier it seems like we would see the brunt of the storm mid-day, afternoon but now it looks like around the 8:00 time period that we will start to see some of the heavier showers.  We have some steady drizzling in fact, take a look here at a live shot from our Hilo Cam.  Some areas have already picked up more than an inch of rain in the last 24 hours.  Some spots picking up a half inch in a matter of three hours so we definitely have a steady stream of moisture.  We have our other meteorologist Paul Drewes standing by.  He is at the scene on the south-east side of the island of Hawaii.

SHARIE:  Paul, tell me what's happening there right now?

PAUL:  On Hawaii, we're concerned about three things, big surf, strong winds and that heavy wind.  So far since we've been here, we have seen sizable surf for the south-eastern side of the island,  12 to 15 foot waves rolling in, choppy storm surf rolling into the south-east side of the island.  That's materialized.  It's been cloudy and overcast for much of the island and we are starting to see some rain not necessarily the heavy rain but constant rain for parts of Hawaii.  But what we haven't really seen so far are any of the wind. While it have been wet for the island, not really any wetter than a typical day for the island so far and many people are already prepared for this storm.  We have seen some businesses boarded up, windows taped up as well so people are prepared, people are waiting it out but so far just a lot of rain and big surf.

SHARIE: Thank you very much, once again Paul Drewes standing by.  He will be there throughout the night providing us with reports as well.  These storm systems now expected to pass about 70 miles south of South Point and that's going be about 8 o'clock this evening so we'll still have more wind and rain to come.  We'll keep you updated.  We have updates every hour.