Hurricane Erick churns toward Hawaii with winds of up to 80mph as Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to strengthen to another Pacific hurricane today | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hurricane Erick churns toward Hawaii with winds of up to 80mph as Tropical Storm Flossie is expected to strengthen to another Pacific hurricane today

As Hurricane Erick gained strength in the eastern Pacific as it churned toward Hawaii, another weather system, tropical storm Flossie brewing farther east is likely to become a hurricane later on Tuesday, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Erick grew into a hurricane late on Monday in the eastern Pacific, packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) as it churned more than 1,000 miles (1,610 km) from Hawaii's Big Island.

Erick, the Pacific season's third hurricane, 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.

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