season's third hurricane, Erick is rated Category 1 on the
Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale and could reach category 3,
with sustained winds of more than 111 mph (178 kph) in the next
two days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
"A weakening trend is expected to begin later in the week," it
said in an advisory.
The weather system is expected to weaken back into a tropical
storm by the time it makes its closest approach to Hawaii, and
is forecast to skirt south of the Big Island on Friday morning.
Forecasts call for a higher chance of gale-force winds from the
storm on the Big Island later this week.
Another tropical storm, Flossie, was trailing Erick farther out
in the eastern Pacific.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Rich McKay in
Atlanta; Editing by Sandra Maler and Clarence Fernandez)
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