Olivia strengthens to a Category 4 hurricane, 06 September 2018

Accessed on 07 September 2018, 0346 UTC, Post #17592.



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According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Hurricane Olivia has become a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds nearing 130 mph as it assumes a more westerly track toward the islands.  Forecasters believe Olivia will become a Category 1 hurricane as it passes northeast of Hawaii Island:

“Under the current forecast, Olivia would enter the Central Pacific over the weekend as a Category 2 storm, with approximate maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. By the end of the current 5-day forecast, it would be a Category 1 storm just a couple hundred miles northeast of Hilo. While it is too soon to know Olivia’s potential impact on Hawaii, forecasters said their confidence in the current 5-day-forecast path is “very high.”

Much closer to Hawaii, Hurricane Norman continues to weaken well east-northeast of Maui as it tracks toward the northwest. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts, generating large surf for east-facing shores.

A high surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for eastern shores of most islands. Forecasters said a large swell from Norman will peak tonight and gradually decline Friday.”

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Russ Roberts