Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

Olive Hawkins
September 10, 2018

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

Meanwhile closer to Hawaii, Tropical Storm Norman continued to move north-northwest away from the islands. With maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, Olivia is now a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "Some gradual weakening is possible on Tuesday", the advisory says, "but Olivia will likely remain a threat to the Hawaiian Islands next week".

The Category 2 storm was forecast to pass 200 miles to 300 miles northeast of the Big Island on Thursday and Friday. On its current course, Olivia could bring high surf to east-facing shores as early as Monday and heavy rains and winds by midweek. "Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the advisory says.

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Hurricane Olivia is forecast to enter Central Pacific waters over the weekend and is expected to weaken through the next days as it tracks toward the Hawaiian Islands. Clouds and showers will favor windward and Mauka areas today, then shift over to the interior and leeward locations each afternoon starting Saturday.

The storm was downgraded to a Category 3 this morning, but in its latest warning, the National Weather Service said it was again a category four, with winds as high as 200kph at its centre.

Members of the Washington Task Force 1 are in Hawaii and gearing up to help if Hurricane Olivia wreaks havoc on the islands. By Wednesday evening, the storm's expected to have about 50 mph winds some 145 miles west of Kailua-Kona.

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