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Flossie weakens, now forecast to become a Tropical Storm later today

Hurricane Flossie is centered as of 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m. EDT) over the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 1975 miles (3175 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii. It’s moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). A west-northwestward to westward motion at a similar forward speed is anticipated for the next several days.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km). Flossie is expected to weaken to tropical-storm strength later today. Re-strengthening is possible later this week, and Flossie is forecast to become a hurricane again in a few days.

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