Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

As of 11 a.m., the storm was located 330 miles north-northeast of Hilo and 375 miles east-northeast of Honolulu.

On the forecast track, Olivia will be approaching the main Hawaiian Islands later Tuesday and Tuesday night.

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. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 80 miles per hour with higher gusts. But officials say a tropical storm shouldn't be taken lightly.

Helene, now classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well. "Florence is forecast to rapidly strengthen to a major hurricane by Monday, and is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", the advisory says. Due to that, we have Tropical Storm Watches out for the Islands in advance of the storm. Elsewhere, we have Helene as a Category 1 Hurricane west of the Cabo Verde Islands with 85 miles per hour sustained wind speeds. Gov. David Ige said "We're monitoring this storm closely and taking steps now to ensure that we're prepared for its impacts to the state".

"Olivia may get even closer than Lane did or directly across the chain, bringing localized damaging winds and possibly intense rain fall, flooding, very high surf and storm surge".

Hurricane Olivia continued to weaken Friday, but the Hawaiian Islands still remain within the hurricane's probable track.

Most models now show the system tracking over the Big Island as a Tropical Storm on Wednesday; however the long-term forecast continues to undergo revisions as new data is evaluated with each update.

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