Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii


"Right now, Olivia is tracking westward, south of the ridge", said John Bravender, warning coordination meteorologist at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles.

Olivia has weakened to a Category 1 (74-95 mph) hurricane with sustained winds near 85 miles per hour, and the system is moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour.

As of 5 p.m. Olivia was about 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Four years ago, Tropical Storm Iselle caused about $80 million in crop damage on the Big Island and caused major problems for residents. But officials say a tropical storm shouldn't be taken lightly.

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This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii.

The Coast Guard has set port condition WHISKEY for Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu County ports as of 8am Saturday. "Some gradual weakening is possible on Tuesday, but Olivia will likely remain a threat to the Hawaiian Islands next week", the hurricane center said.

According to the NHC, "Olivia is forecast to approach the main Hawaiian Islands from the east on Tuesday, and pass close to or over the Islands on Wednesday". "The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles". The proclamation also authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for the speedy and efficient relief of damages, losses, and suffering resulting from Hurricane Olivia. "I am declaring a state of emergency so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now", Northam said. As we get within the next few days, we'll have a better idea of where Florence could make landfall, so keep checking back in for updates. "Now is the time to prepare".