As Erick treks by islands, officials turn their eyes to a 2nd tropical storm nearing state

5 p.m. Friday update on tropical storms Erick, Flossie

HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a drenching from Tropical Storm Erick, emergency response officials are now turning their eyes to the storm on its heels ― Flossie.

Flossie entered the Central Pacific on Friday, and is expected to near the islands over the weekend.

Its current track takes it north of the island chain, but forecasters say that could change.

Ashley Evans, deputy director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said the storm is expected to come within about 100 miles of the Big Island.

“Once the storm falls apart and it’s only left with a low level circulation ... it still could expand its moisture field and still provide us with some rain on Sunday evening into Monday on Big Island and on Monday in Maui and then some sporadic showers across Oahu as well,” Evans said.

As Erick passed south of the Big Island on Friday, the storm dropped heavy showers on parts of the Big Island and Maui, causing flooding in some spots.

“There was probably an hour or so of pounding, torrential rain where you couldn’t hear anything,” said Honomu resident Andrew Veerman.

The rain triggered several small landslides, including one that fell onto Highway 19 in North Hilo.

Surf was also kicking up along east-facing shores of the Big Island, prompting the National Weather Service to keep a surf warning up until 6 p.m. Friday.

But overall, Erick’s impacts remained minor. And Big Island residents had no complaints about that.

“We’re relieved that it didn’t hit us hard,” said Stan Lawrence, of Orchidland Surf Shop. He added that Flossie’s more northerly track might lead to bigger surf.

“Hopefully, just waves and not rain or a storm,” he said.

In anticipation of the big surf, Hawaii County closed several beach parks in Kau and Puna: Wittington Beach Park, Punaluu Beach Park and Isaac Hale Beach Park are closed.

Whittington and Punaluu beach parks reopened at 3 p.m. Friday, and Isaac Hale will open Saturday.

Officials in Maui County, meanwhile, were reporting intermittent downpours and windy conditions. A wind advisory remains in effect for parts of Maui and the Big Island, with easterly winds up to 40 mph.

This story will be updated.

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