The storm is not expected to make landfall but parts of Hawaii could see increased wind gusts and rain as Erick slides just south of the Big Island Thursday.
High winds are a big part of the storm, with expected sustained gusts to reach 110 mph — that’s only one mile below a Category 3 hurricane CNN Meteorologist Haley Brink said.
It’s still too early to tell if rain bands from the storm will impact Hawaii, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.
Tropical Storm Flossie is not far behind Erick, building strength further east before it’s expected to follow a similar track south of Hawaii.
As both storms strengthen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it will monitor them via radar.
NOAA says it anticipates Flossie will become a hurricane by Tuesday while Hurricane Erick should exit Hawaiian waters by Saturday.