Olivia a Category 1 Hurricane But Expected to Weaken on Approach to Hawaii

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HONOLULU – Hurricane Olivia is continuing to follow the track through the Central Pacific forecast by the National Weather Service, with the onset of its weather impacts in Hawaii currently projected to begin late Tuesday, September 11.

Olivia is presently a category 1 hurricane but is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by the time its weather impacts begin affecting Hawaii. The weakening of Olivia has been an ongoing trend since the storm briefly peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific on September 7.

As of today at 11:00 a.m. HST, the center of Olivia is located approximately 655 miles east of Hilo on the island of Hawaii and 825 miles east of Honolulu. Olivia is currently moving west at 14 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour.

Weather impacts from Olivia are projected to initially affect northeast and east shores throughout the Hawaiian Islands. This could include very strong winds, high surf conditions and storm surge along shorelines, and heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding.

HTA strongly advises residents and visitors to be prepared for Olivia. This includes having access to an adequate supply of food, water, medications and essential goods. Everyone is strongly encouraged to follow the instructions of Hawaii’s civil defense officials and to not take any risks that would put them in danger from Olivia while the storm is completing its pass of the Hawaiian Islands.

For visitors currently in Hawaii or with confirmed trips to anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands in the coming weeks, HTA advises them to stay informed about Olivia and to contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers to see if adjustments to travel plans are needed.

HTA has established a special Alert page about Olivia on its website and will be posting updates, as new information becomes available. Also included on the Alert page are links to resources with helpful information to keep residents and visitors updated about Olivia and to be prepared.

HTA’s Alert page for Olivia can be accessed from its home page or by clicking on the link below.


Following are links to resources about Olivia, being preparing for its onset, and coping with weather impacts.

Weather Information
Up-to-date online information on the trek of Olivia is available at the following:
National Weather Service Forecast: www.weather.gov/hawaii
Central Pacific Hurricane Center: www.weather.gov/cphc
Hurricane Preparedness: https://www.facebook.com/PrepareNOWHI/

County Alerts
Up-to-date information about Olivia as it pertains to Hawaii’s four island counties is available at the following websites:
County of Hawaii: https://bit.ly/1wymub3
County of Honolulu: https://bit.ly/2MV0pFa
County of Kauai: https://bit.ly/2NXDmWZ
County of Maui: https://bit.ly/2NnELZT

Media Updates
Hawaii’s news media does an excellent job providing reliable, accurate and timely information about severe weather in Hawaii. Visit the following Hawaii media outlets for updated information about Olivia:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: www.staradvertiser.com
Hawaii News Now: www.hawaiinewsnow.com
KHON: www.khon2.com
KITV: www.kitv.com

Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII (1-800-464-2924).

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