Flossie on Course for Hawaii

Plus, a 5.3 quake struck the Big Island last night
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2007 9:13 AM CDT
Map locates Hurricane Flossie in the Pacific Ocean;; 1c x 2 3/8 inches; 46.5 mm x 60.3 mm   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Flossie is barreling towards Hawaii, expected to pass less than a hundred miles from the Big Island. The National Weather Service has declared a hurricane watch, and the governor has activated the National Guard. Schools have been shut down, and residents have been warned to stock up on food an water.

Meanwhile, a 5.3 earthquake struck the Big Island last night. No injuries were reported. Meteorologists warned that a change in winds could still take the hurricane closer than expected to land. "This is too close for comfort," says a National Guard general.