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Hurricane Flossie packed 135 mph wind as it spun closer to Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted the Category 4 storm would weaken before passing by the islands later this week.
The hurricane was expected to pass about 70 miles south of the island of Hawaii late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but by then cooler water should weaken it to a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm.
HURRICANE FLOSSIE LOCAL STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
955 AM HST MON AUG 13 2007
...DANGEROUS HURRICANE FLOSSIE APPROACHING THE BIG ISLAND OF
THE MAYOR OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AND URGES BIG ISLAND RESIDENTS TO STAY TUNED TO LOCAL RADIO
STATIONS FOR INFORMATION ON EVACUATIONS...SCHOOL CLOSURES AND
OTHER PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.
THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY PERSONS
ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII.
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. A
HURRICANE WATCH MEANS HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN 36