News Hurricanes Erick and Flossie could both affect Hawaii
That makes Erick a Category 4 „major” hurricane, the hurricane center said.
Erick is the third hurricane of the 2019 East Pacific hurricane season, following Alvin and Barbara, AccuWeather said.
Another tropical system, Flossie, reached hurricane status in the eastern Pacific Ocean Tuesday afternoon.
As of 5 p.m. EDT, Flossie was centered about 1,045 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and was moving west at 14 mph. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
Flossie could take a similar or perhaps even more northerly track than Erick, AccuWeather said. That could put Hawaii in the forecast path of Flossie by early next week.
Closer to the U.S. mainland, forecasters were watching a system in the Caribbean Sea that has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.
„This system is expected to move west-northwestward with no significant development during the next few days, producing locally heavy rainfall over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola and portions of the southeastern Bahamas,” the hurricane center said.
All of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were under a flash flood watch because of the heavy rain from the system.
„Under this weather pattern, widespread showers and thunderstorms will maintain a high risk for flooding over portions of the islands through the short-term period,” the National Weather Service in San Juan said. „As soils become saturated, the potential of mudslides in steep terrain will remain high through at least Wednesday.”
By week’s end, the system should be near Florida or the Bahamas.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane Erick and Hurricane Flossie could both affect Hawaii