HONOLULU National Weather Service officials say a tropical storm threatening Hawaii with wind and rain will weaken into a tropical depression within 24 hours.
Acting Director Tom Evans of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Monday that Tropical Storm Flossie had consistently weakened through the morning thanks to winds that broke the layers of the storm apart.
Forecasters say the storm will now bring rain of up to 6 inches on parts of the Big Island and up to 2 inches on other islands.
Evans says the storm's 40 mph winds will continue to weaken.
Tropical storm warnings are still in effect for all of Hawaii's islands.
Residents and tourists across Hawaii are bracing for heavy rains and strong winds from Tropical Storm Flossie while the system weakens as it approaches the state.
National Weather Service officials said they expect people on the Big Island and Maui to see the brunt of the storm on Monday morning, with wind gusts up to 60 mph, possible flooding and waves up to 18 feet high.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency declaration in anticipation of the storm, while tourism officials warned travelers to double check plans with airlines and hotels.
The U.S. Coast Guard also closed three ports on the Big Island and Maui.
The center of the storm is forecast to pass south of Oahu and Kauai by Tuesday morning.
Tropical Storm Flossie Forecast:
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