Hurricane Olivia continues toward Hawaii while Norman weakens


First, Hurricane Florence was last observed as a strong Category 1 storm with sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 974 millibars.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Oahu, Maui County, and Hawaii County as Hurricane Olivia nears the islands.

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands. It was moving west at 6 miles per hour.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and South Carolina's Emergency Management Division urged South Carolina residents to begin preparing their property for Florence's effects.

Now a Category 2 hurricane located more than 1,500 miles east of Honolulu, Olivia is expected to weaken into a tropical storm by the time it reaches the islands early Wednesday. It'll remain over open water as we roll through the next few days, but it's forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday night.

More information on hurricane preparedness can be found here.

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East-facing shores of the Big Island are under a high surf warning until 6 p.m. this evening - although an extension of the warning into tomorrow is possible - as a swell from Hurricane Norman strikes the island. "For everyone who went through the days leading up to Hurricane Lane, take the lessons we learned and use them now".

This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii.

Two hurricanes are churning in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, the National Weather Service said Friday.

As of 5 a.m. today, the storm was about 735 miles east-northeast of Hilo and 900 miles east of Honolulu with sustained winds near 75 mph and was moving westward at approximately 16 mph.

High temperatures were forecast to range from 84 to 89 degrees. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the islands.