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Storm May Reach Hawaii by Friday

July 26, 2006

HONOLULU (AP) _ A tropical storm that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week could brush through Hawaii by the weekend, but forecasters say it is losing speed and strength.

Tropical Storm Daniel is on track to cross the Big Island and then pass just south of the rest of the state. It had sustained winds Tuesday of 50 mph with gusts to 65 mph.

By the time it reaches Hawaii as the state’s first storm of the season, it likely will have winds of about 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, forecasters said.

As much as 10 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the state starting early Friday, said National Weather Service forecaster Norman Hiu. If a rain band crosses Oahu, Honolulu could get between 4 and 6 inches.

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