Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Eye of Hurricane Olivia breaking apart

Eye of Hurricane Olivia breaking apart

Hurricane Olivia continues on its path toward the Hawaiian Islands as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 75 miles per hour.

Friday morning, the center of Olivia was located 1,460 miles east of Hilo, traveling west-northwest at 16 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The forecast path will keep Helene over open water and will eventually weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday. Its maximum sustained winds were 110 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. Due to that, we have Tropical Storm Watches out for the Islands in advance of the storm.

Hurricane Olivia is 1,110 miles east of Hilo and has made a westward turn, heading toward the Central Pacific Ocean at 15 mph. Thereafter, a mid-level ridge over Hawaii will impart some northerly steering flow on Olivia, which should cause the cyclone to move west-southwestward toward the main Hawaiian Islands. While the storm may get downgraded by the time it reaches Hawaii, many residents are staying prepared.

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

A satellite image, supplied by the US National Weather Service, shows Hurricane Hector, a category four, as it moves towards the south of Hawaii.

High temperatures were forecast to range from 84 to 89 degrees.

The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac.

Forecasters say Olivia is forecast to be a strong tropical storm off the Big Island by Tuesday and forward speed may decrease a little over the next day.

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