Update: Hurricane Flossie, still a Category Four storm (875 miles east-southeast of Hawaii on Sunday morning), could pass by Hawaii late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to forecasters. By then, however, cooler waters should weaken Flossie considerably to a tropical storm. Stay tuned.
(August 11, 1:30 p.m.) -- The first hurricane of the Pacific season -- Flossie -- is headed toward the Hawaiian Islands. Thankfully, forecasters expect that the system, which formed as a tropical storm on Wednesday halfway between Mexico's pacific coast and Hawaii, will pass well south of the Big Island, hitting the state with nothing more than rough surf.
Flossie is currently a Category Four storm (Category Five is the strongest designation), though it will likely weaken later in the day, long before nearing Hawaii. At this point, no changes to cruise itineraries have been announced or are anticipated.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor
Pacific's First Hurricane ... Headed for Hawaii?
August 12, 2007