Flossie fizzles: Big Island escapes with rain and high surf

Tropical Storm Flossie passed south of Hawaii's Big Island overnight, coming within roughly 150 miles of shore. The storm had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm prior to its approach.

According to the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, all watches and warnings have been cancelled. The CPHC also noted that the storm should pass well away from the other Hawaiian Islands today.

In the CPHC's latest advisory, Flossie had sustained winds of about 50 mph with continued weakening expected.

Flossie brought locally heavy rains on the Big Island of up to 10 inches and waves reached 20 feet to 25 feet as the storm approached. Wind speeds reached 40 mph to 50 mph, with some higher gusts.

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