Erick and Flossie get closer to Hawaii with threats of high surf

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Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie churned closer to Hawaii on Thursday as forecasters warned of high surf and flooding threats.

Erick is a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph, and is expected to weaken into a tropical storm over the next 24 hours. It’s expected to make its closest pass of the state late Thursday.

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“Swells generated by Erick will arrive in the Hawaiian Islands tonight through Thursday night, potentially producing dangerous surf conditions, mainly along east facing shores,” the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

A high surf warning has been issued for the eastern coast of the Big Island. Surf of 15-20 feet is expected through Thursday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

Flash flood watches have also been issued for the Big Island as the storm passes to the south — with the biggest threat of flash flooding along the eastern southward facing slopes of the Big Island.

Flossie remains a tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph and little change in strength is forecast over the next 36 hours, Brink said.

The storm may make a run for a Category 1 hurricane by this weekend and is not expected to impact Hawaii until Sunday into Monday. Rain and high surf are also possibilities with Flossie.

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