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Norman weakens to tropical storm

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UPI staff
Tropical storm Norman headed away from Hawaii on Friday. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Tropical storm Norman headed away from Hawaii on Friday. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Central Pacific Hurricane Center downgraded Norman to a tropical storm Friday as the system moved away from Hawaii.

The eye of the storm was located about 330 miles north-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and 375 miles east-northeast of Honolulu, the CPHC said in its 11 a.m. HST update. Norman was moving north-northwest at 9 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

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The storm was expected to bring rain and high surf rising to rise up to 18 feet on east-facing shores of Hawaii Island and Maui. Surf in Oahu, Molokai and Kauai could rise up to 15 feet.

On the forecast track, Norman was expected to continue in a northwest direction, turning slightly more north-northwest Saturday.

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