Flossie Expected to Chill Out

Hawaiian hurricane will downgrade to tropical storm
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2007 11:02 AM CDT
This image provided by NOAA Sunday Aug. 12, 2007 shows the position of Hurricane Flossie taken at 5 a.m. EDT. Flossie spun about 875 miles east-southeast of Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hawaiians have been told the Category 4 hurricane raging 875 miles off their southeast coast will probably downgrade to a tropical storm by the time it passes by land in two or three days. Flossie was blowing at 135 mph this morning, but is soon expected to travel through cooler waters that will calm her, the AP reports.

Waves of 8 to 12 feet in height are expected on southern shores, but forecasters caution that a one or two degree change in direction could still lead the storm directly towards the Aloha State. A light hurricane season was predicted for Hawaii this year; the islands average 4.5 tropical cyclones annually.