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NOAA satellite sees Erick still hanging as a hurricane

NOAA satellite sees Erick still hanging as a hurricane

Hurricane Erick is now spinning in the central Pacific, approximately 1110 miles to the south-east of Hilo, Hawaii. Infrared imagery reveals cloud top temperatures, and the higher the cloud top, the colder it is, and the stronger the storm.

Maui County officials continue to prepare for possible heavy weather impacts from tropical cyclones Erick and Flossie and are reminding residents and visitors to prepare their households.

Parts of the USA state are expected to see increased wind gusts and rain due to Hurricane Erick, which may slide south of Hawaii on Thursday.

Even in its diminished state, Erick is expected to bring higher surf, potentially risky, along the Hawaiian chain.

A hurricane warning is posted covering Hawaiian offshore waters beyond 40 nautical miles.

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Swells from the southern hemisphere will produce small surf along south-facing shores. Waves up to 20 feet are expected. It's also carrying winds of 115 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

It is forecast to skirt south of the Big Island on Friday morning.

Severe thunderstorms are striking Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, disrupting flights and threatening major damage.The storms are set to bring wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds now sit at near 80mph (130kph) with some strengthening forecast over the next two to three days. The Category 1 storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Flossie is expected to continue strengthening over the next several days, eventually becoming a major hurricane by Thursday.