Hawaii's Big Island on Hurricane Flossie Watch
Pacific's First Hurricane ... Headed for Hawaii?
Update, 10 a.m.: Flossie has been further downgraded to a tropical depression, and is out in the open sea. The tropical storm warning, high surf warning and flash flood watches for the Big Island have been canceled -- and cruises are back to business as usual. This will be our last update on this system.
(August 15) -- Flossie grazed the Big Island's South Point overnight, delivering steady rain and high surf as a Category One hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm.
The hurricane watch has been canceled -- a good sign for an island that declared a state of emergency before the storm hit as a precautionary measure. However, several flash flood watches and a tropical storm warning remain in effect as strong winds and heavy downpours are still possible.
Still, the worst seems to be over for the Big Island, which also experienced a 5.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday (the National Weather Service says there's no threat of a tsunami). The storm is expected to weaken further over the next 24 hours.
NCL America's Pride of America will spend the day at sea today instead of calling in Kona; that port, on the island's west coast, is susceptible to larger amounts of rainfall. Pride of Aloha is still expected to visit Hilo on the island's dryer east side.
Interestingly enough, other islands in the Hawaiian chain including Oahu have enjoyed tropical breezes and mostly blue skies thus far, according to CBS News. Pride of Hawaii is headed today for Maui, where the forecast is for cloudiness and occasional rain showers -- but no dangerous weather conditions.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor