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Weakened Flossie exits Hawaii

Flossie, downgraded to Tropical Depression, brings "beneficial" rain

July 30, 2013

Flossie, the storm that whipped Hawaii on late Monday, has weakened, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

Now Tropical Depression Flossie brought heavy rain across the Hawaiian island chain but was expected to further disintegrate in the next few days.

National Weather Service officials say Flossie is expected to leave Hawaii on Tuesday as a weakened version of the storm that prompted school and court closures and an emergency declaration from Governor Neil Abercrombie before hitting shore.

Although the system was dissipating, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said, “We need to take it seriously.”

Concerns centered on the potential for flooding, as public works crews cleared culverts and storm drains.

Maui county officials said Monday night that widespread power outages were affecting water service on many parts of Maui and Molokai, with no estimate of when power will be restored. Winds and rainfall earlier knocked out power for about 6,500 people on Maui and the Big Island.

The National Weather Service cancelled all storm warning for Tropical Storm Flossie in Hawaii on Monday evening, keeping a flash flood watch in effect statewide until Tuesday night.

Dangerous high surf will affect east-facing shores, but was expected to subside Tuesday night.

At Honolulu International Airport, some carriers cancelled or delayed flights before the storm arrived, but flight schedules were returning to normal as the storm moved on, CNN said.

Michael Cantin, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Maui’s leeward could see “beneficial” rains for drought-plagued areas.

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