Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island


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

Meanwhile, forecasters say Hurricane Olivia is in a low wind shear environment - and that's not a good thing. Interests in Hawaii should monitor the progress of Olivia this weekend and use this time to enact your hurricane action plan. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the islands.

"Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Olivia is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday evening". According to aircraft data, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour. You saw what happened when (Hurricane) Lane became a tropical storm: The Big Island got pounded.

Now a Category 1 storm, Olivia was about 825 miles east northeast of Hilo, Hawaii as of 11 p.m. local time Saturday (5 a.m. Sunday ET), the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

"Urge people to pay attention inland and promise themselves now that they're not going to drive their auto across any water-covered roads or drive their vehicle around any barricaded roads that are closed", Knabb says. Norman was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

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

Flash flooding is also expected from the second cyclone to strike the islands in 2018, after Hurricane Lane brought over 50 inches of rain in August.

Olivia is barely hanging on to hurricane status as it approaches Hawaii. With a turn more to the northwest expected through this week, it'll only remain as a tropical storm before it weakens by Thursday. Since the track seems to be dependent on the intensity at long range, this isn't a particularly confident forecast.