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Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Oahu, Maui County and Island of Hawaii in Response to Olivia

September 11, 2018 Visit Hawaii No Comments Email Email
Today, at 5:00 p.m. HST, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for Oahu, Maui County and the island of Hawaii in response to Hurricane Olivia, meaning that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

Presently a category 1 hurricane, Olivia is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm as it moves closer to the Hawaiian Islands over the next couple of days. Olivia has been steadily weakening since the storm briefly peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific on September 7.

As of 5:00 p.m. HST, the center of Olivia was approximately 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo on the island of Hawaii and 760 miles east of Honolulu. Olivia has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving west at 12 miles per hour. The onset of Olivia’s weather impacts are currently forecast to begin affecting Hawaii late Tuesday, September 11.

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 a special Alert page about Olivia on its website and is 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 how to be prepared.
HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the link below.

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