Tropical Storm Erick Is Now a Hurricane - and Getting Stronger

Tropical Storm Erick Is Now a Hurricane - and Getting Stronger

According to Accuweather, Erick is the third hurricane to develop in the Pacific in the 2019 season, but it likely won't be the last.

As both storms strengthen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it will monitor them via satellite.

It is also forecasted to become a Cat 2 Hurricane by the end of the week.

At 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m. EST) Erick was about 830 miles east southeast of Honolulu moving toward the west at 13 mph.

Flossie is expected to continue strengthening over the next several days, eventually becoming a major hurricane by Thursday.

Hurricane Erick is expected to pass Hawaii on Friday.

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After forming over the weekend off the coast of Baja California, Erick had begun moving west into the Central Pacific.

The storm now has "less than 10 percent of a chance of wind above 39 mph" predicted for the county, which is pretty minimal, he said.

"A west-northwest course at a slower forward speed is expected to begin on Tuesday and continue through Thursday".

"Swells from Erick will likely produce surf above the High Surf Advisory (HSA) levels along east facing shores of the Big Island starting tonight, with warning level surf possible Thursday and Friday", the National Weather Service said.

Hawaii can expect high surf, strong winds and heavy rain, but the impact will depend on the intensity as Erick approaches, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The storm's well-formed eye is ominous as it takes aim just south of Hawaii. "We've held operational briefings with federal, state, county and nongovernmental agencies throughout the week, as well as participated in video conference briefings with Gov. David Ige, Mayor Victorino and the National Weather Service. A wet weather pattern for sure".

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