Flossie now a remnant low as it passes north of Hawaiian Islands

Updated: Aug. 5, 2019 at 4:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Flossie was downgraded from a tropical depression to a remnant low on Monday afternoon as it passed north of the state.

But forecasters say the storm could still trigger heavy showers and high surf through Tuesday.

At 5 p.m. Monday, Flossie was about 85 miles north-northeast of Hilo and had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph.

The storm is expected to dissipate Wednesday.

Though Flossie is quickly falling apart, forecasters say it could still produce torrential showers in some areas.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the Big Island and Maui in anticipation of the heavy rain and potential flooding. The watch will continue through Monday night.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said swells generated by Flossie could also produce dangerously high surf conditions along east-facing shores.

Flossie passed north of the island chain on the heels of Erick, which passed south of the state Friday.

Previous tropical cyclones with the name Flossie have had some effect on Hawaii.

A 2013 tropical storm with the name brought heavy rain and caused power outages as it passed close to the Big Island and Maui. The center of a hurricane named Flossie passed 100 miles south of South Point in August 2007 before weakening rapidly.

Tropical cyclone names in the eastern North Pacific are used on a six-year cycle.

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