Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island

Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island

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. With that said, the forecast track does want to bring Olivia over the Hawaiian Islands.

The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Olivia, which is moving quickly westward toward Hawaii. Norman was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. The system is projected to take a slight west-southwest turn Monday night into Tuesday. As of 2 p.m. Friday, it was pinpointed about 1,375 miles east of Hilo and 1,550 miles east of Honolulu. "I can't find another example of a hurricane/typhoon nearing Guam, Hawaii & the eastern United States at nearly exactly the same time (days ~ 4,5,6 respectively)".

On Saturday, Olivia is forecast to be the fifth hurricane to enter the Central Pacific this hurricane season. Large swells generated by Olivia are expected to continue to increase near the main Hawaiian Islands, and surf will to build as Olivia approaches, and may become damaging on some exposed east facing shores Tuesday or Wednesday. "The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles".

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"We're monitoring this storm closely and taking steps now to ensure that we're prepared for its impacts to the state".

Hurricane Hector has returned to a Category 4 storm and picked-up speed as it moves towards Hawaii's Big Island.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area.

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