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Felicia weakens to tropical storm

August 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The state braced for Tropical Storm Felicia, which weakened from hurricane strength to maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts. It's expected to weaken even more before hitting Hawaii late today or early Tuesday, when it is expected be either a tropical storm or a depression.

Julie Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said tropical storms and depressions aren't as organized as hurricanes, so the strongest winds aren't necessarily in the center. Therefore, even if the storm tracks away, several islands could experience heavy winds and rains.

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