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Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii

10 September 2018, 08:24 | Justin Tyler

Olivia satellite imagery 5 a.m. HST. PC NOAA NHC NWS

Olivia satellite imagery 5 a.m. HST. PC NOAA  NHC  NWS

Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's advisory issued at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds near 80 miles per hour and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening.

"Right now, Olivia is tracking westward, south of the ridge", said John Bravender, warning coordination meteorologist at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Hector has returned to a Category 4 storm and picked-up speed as it moves towards Hawaii's Big Island. According to aircraft data, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 miles per hour. "Now is the time to prepare".

Although no watches or warnings are in effect yet, large surf is expected to reach the state starting on Monday and may cause damage to exposed east-facing shores on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"With our planet experiencing the effects of climate change, we are going to have to treat these kinds of repeated events as a new reality, and not only prepare accordingly, but also tackle the emissions creating this problem".

"Although it is too early to pinpoint any details with regard to specifics related to potential impacts to the islands, forecast confidence is increasing each day as the guidance remains in very good agreement", the National Weather Service in Honolulu said. Since the track seems to be dependent on the intensity at long range, this isn't a particularly confident forecast. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the islands.

The NHC said Olivia will weaken further over the weekend, and possibly downgrade to a tropical storm by Tuesday.

On the forecast track, Norman was expected to continue in a northwest direction, turning slightly more north-northwest Saturday.

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