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Flossie Expected to Bring Less Rain to Maui

Anticipated rainfall reduced from 10 inches to two inches.

July 29, 2013
Maui Weekly

Tropical Storm Flossie, which had taken a turn toward Maui County overnight, has weakened to "a minimal tropical storm" with rainfall predictions falling to 1 to 2 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said Monday at 11 a.m.

Michael Cantin, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there is still flooding potential from steady to heavy rain, though the threat is not as large as anticipated.

Rainfall totals were expected to be in the 6 to 10 inch range for windward areas of Maui.

Winds currently are barely at the tropical storm levels at 40 mph, Cantin said. Less than 40 mph winds drops Flossie out of tropical storm levels.

The remnants of the tropical storm are expected to begin hitting Maui in the early afternoon, Cantin said.

"The threat is diminishing," he said.

The surf threat favoring the eastern shores will remain with easterly swells peaking between now and early afternoon, he said. Hawaii Island was seeing surf of 16 feet, so Maui was expected to see 12 to 18 feet.



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