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Tropical Storm Flossie prompts warnings in Hawaii

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Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10:50 AM - Tropical Storm Flossie continues to move westward toward Hawaii, prompting tropical storm warnings to be issued for parts of the island.

Tropical Storm Flossie continues on a westward path toward the islands of Hawaii, prompting officials to issue warnings.

The counties of Maui and Hawaii are under a tropical storm warning while a watch has been issued for Oahu. 

Flossie is currently moving at around 32 km/h and is expected to make landfall early Monday.

Flossie's center is expected to pass close to the Big Island and Maui in the morning before moving south of Oahu sometime Monday night.

"The storm should weaken before it lands in Hawaii," explained Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Even if the storm weakens, people should take note of strong gusts that could cause some damage."

Cheng further discussed that Flossie was only declared a tropical depression on Wednesday but within a few hours was upgraded to a tropical storm.

Maximum sustained winds are currently topping 105 km/h.

The storm is currently centred around 1,000 km east of Hilo, Hawaii. 

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