Monday, 24 September, 2018

Olivia expected to pass over Hawaii as a tropical storm

NASA finds Hurricane Norman hammered by wind shear Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island
| 10 September, 2018, 11:42

At 11 a.m. HST on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, the center of Hurricane Olivia was located about 1025 miles E of Hilo and 1190 miles E of Honolulu (near latitude 21.7 North, longitude 139.4 West).

Olivia would be the second tropical system to directly impact the Hawaiian Islands this year.

If you are one of those with "storm-fatigue" and you aren't anxious about the latest hurricane threat, Central Pacific Hurricane Center says think twice. Norman was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour. But officials say a tropical storm shouldn't be taken lightly.


This is also a good time to make sure your emergency plans are updated. "Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the advisory says. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles. Elsewhere, we have Helene as a Category 1 Hurricane west of the Cabo Verde Islands with 85 miles per hour sustained wind speeds.

More information on hurricane preparedness can be found here. 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.

"Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of SC". As NPR's Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a US storm.

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