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Olivia a Category 1 Hurricane But Expected to Weaken on Approach to Hawaii

September 11, 2018 Visit Hawaii No Comments Email Email
Hurricane Olivia is continuing to follow the track through the Central Pacific forecast by the National Weather Service, with the onset of its weather impacts in Hawaii currently projected to begin late Tuesday, September 11.

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Olivia is presently a category 1 hurricane but is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by the time its weather impacts begin affecting Hawaii. The weakening of Olivia has been an ongoing trend since the storm briefly peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific on September 7.

As of today at 11:00 a.m. HST, the center of Olivia is located approximately 655 miles east of Hilo on the island of Hawaii and 825 miles east of Honolulu. Olivia is currently moving west at 14 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Weather impacts from Olivia are projected to initially affect northeast and east shores throughout the Hawaiian Islands. This could include very strong winds, high surf conditions and storm surge along shorelines, and heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding.

HTA strongly advises residents and visitors to be prepared for Olivia. This includes having access to an adequate supply of food, water, medications and essential goods. Everyone is strongly encouraged to follow the instructions of Hawaii’s civil defense officials and to not take any risks that would put them in danger from Olivia while the storm is completing its pass of the Hawaiian Islands.

For visitors currently in Hawaii or with confirmed trips to anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands in the coming weeks, HTA advises them to stay informed about Olivia and to contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers to see if adjustments to travel plans are needed.

HTA has established a special Alert page about Olivia on its website and will be posting updates, as new information becomes available. Also included on the Alert page are links to resources with helpful information to keep residents and visitors updated about Olivia and to be prepared.

HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the link below.

https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/

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