HONOLULU — Erick has become a major hurricane located about 920 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving through an environment conducive for further strengthening with warm water and low wind shear.
Current maximum sustained winds are 130 mph making the storm a category 4 storm.
Rough surf and rip currents will increase across the Hawaiian Islands by Wednesday. As Erick approaches Hawaii by the end of the week, stronger wind shear will lead to gradual weakening.
Erick should bypass south of the islands as a tropical storm. As it does so, rough seas and rip currents will continue along with enhanced downpours, especially across the Big Island.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Flossie is about 1,000 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Environmental conditions will support gradual strengthening over the next several days as Flossie moves in a general westward motion over the open waters of the East Pacific.
It is possible that Flossie will become a major hurricane late this week. This hurricane will pose no threat to land through the week, but could approach Hawaii late in the weekend or early next week.