Hurricane Olivia heads toward Hawaii as Norman slows

CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER           The forecast track for Hurricane Olivia as of 5 a.m. today

Norman, meanwhile, continues to track northwest at 9 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

The storm was the second-wettest tropical system to affect the United States and the wettest tropical system on record in Hawaii, surpassing Hurricane Hiki in 1950. It was moving west toward the islands at approximately 14 miles per hour. "Now is the time to prepare", said Gov. David Ige. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Late Saturday or Sunday, the storm's expected to make a turn toward the west or west-southwest as a ridge builds north to the north.

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.

"I want to stress the importance of preparing adequately, but again, I'm asking that people not purchase more than they need, and if you have purchased more than needed, please don't return items; rather keep supplies on hand for the remainder for hurricane season", Caldwell said in a statement following a statewide video conference on the threat from Olivia.

Two hurricanes are churning in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, the National Weather Service said Friday. Interests are reminded to continue to monitor the latest forecasts over the coming days, as forecast changes to the track and intensity of Olivia will be likely this far out in the forecast. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the islands.

Forecasters say Olivia is forecast to be a strong tropical storm off the Big Island by Tuesday and forward speed may decrease a little over the next day.



Other news