Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii

Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii

It's moving westward at 12 mph about 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo and 760 miles east of Honolulu.

Four years ago, Tropical Storm Iselle caused about $80 million in crop damage on the Big Island and caused major problems for residents.

On Friday, the National Weather Service released its Hawaii area analysis that noted light and variable winds are "expected tonight through Monday, as Hurricane Norman passes northeast of the state".

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.

The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac.

Members of the Washington Task Force 1 are in Hawaii and gearing up to help if Hurricane Olivia wreaks havoc on the islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. "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)".

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

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC". Flash flooding, though, could also be a concern. 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.

A high surf warning remains in effect for east-facing shores of all islands, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB reports.

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands.

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