Olivia’s winds weaken slightly as the storm heads toward Maui, 11 September 2018

Accessed on 12 September 2018, 0204 UTC, Post #17627.



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Although Tropical Storm Olivia has weakened slightly, it has picked up speed and is headed toward Maui.  As the storm crosses the state, Maui is expected to feel the greatest impact of Olivia sometime tonight or early Wednesday morning.

At 2 p.m., Olivia had maximum sustained winds near 55 mph with higher gusts, down 5 mph from the 11 a.m. update, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The storm has started its expected turn to the west-southwest and was moving at 21 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days

“The storm was about 135 miles northeast of Hilo and 260 miles east of Honolulu. Tropical storm-force winds extend out 90 miles from the center.

On the forecast track, Olivia will be moving across the main islands tonight and Wednesday as a tropical storm, with Maui County expected to get hit first.”

Because of its relative remoteness from Hilo and the amount of bridges, gulches, and landslide areas along the Hamakua Coast, there will be no school Wednesday for students and faculty of the Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School.  Classes will resume on Thursday morning.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts