Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island

Greg Lawrence
September 10, 2018

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for most of Hawaii, including the Big Island, as Hurricane Olivia continues to make its way toward Hawaii.

The storm's sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. Environmental conditions are expected be conducive for development, and a tropical depression is expected to form over the weekend while the system moves slowly west-northwestward. But officials say a tropical storm shouldn't be taken lightly.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 36 hours, with gradual weakening expected afterward.

Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Paul was last observed with 45 mph sustained wind speeds about 660 miles west-southwest of the Baja Peninsula. The cyclone was moving to the west at 12 miles per hour.

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Hawai'i County will not be distributing sandbags until active flooding occurs.

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands. We'll keep an eye on those 2 other hurricanes in the days to come.

Tropical storms have a history of causing major damage in Hawaii.

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.

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