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Flossie fizzles, fades

Once a strong hurricane, now just a remnant.

HONOLULU | August 16, 2007

Once-powerful Hurricane Flossie, downgraded earlier to a tropical depression, weakened further Thursday into a remnant, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported.

Flossie skirted the Hawaiian islands, bringing rain and high surf to the Big Island but caused no damage or injuries. It posed no threat to any of the other islands.

By Thursday, the storm was 400 miles southwest of Kauai and was moving to the west at 18 mph. Other than spawning isolated thunderstorms, it was not expected to redevelop, forecasters said.

Flossie, which approached the Big Island on Monday as a Category 4 storm packing winds of 140 mph, passed about 95 miles south of the island Tuesday as a Category 1 storm with winds down to 85 mph.

Flossie became a tropical storm on Aug. 8 and was upgraded to hurricane status on Friday. It was the sixth named storm of the 2007 eastern Pacific season, which runs from May 15 to Nov. 30.

The central Pacific hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30.

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