Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

Norman and Olivia. PC  NOAA  CPHC  NWS

Norman and Olivia. PC NOAA CPHC NWS

"We want everyone, especially Oahu to the Big Island to be preparing for a possible direct hit from Olivia", Robert Ballard, science and operations officer at Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said.

With its maximum sustained winds dropping to 70 miles per hour Friday, the former Hurricane Norman became a tropical storm, the National Weather Service reported.

As of 5pm Sunday afternoon, Olivia was holding firm as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with occasional higher gusts.

Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Paul was last observed with 45 mph sustained wind speeds about 660 miles west-southwest of the Baja Peninsula.

Olivia's motion is forecast to continue for the next couple of days, with a WSW turn anticipated by Tuesday.

According to the NHC, "Olivia is forecast to approach the main Hawaiian Islands from the east on Tuesday, and pass close to or over the Islands on Wednesday".

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

Members of the Washington Task Force 1 are in Hawaii and gearing up to help if Hurricane Olivia wreaks havoc on the islands. "The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles".

Hawaii residents are on edge again as the latest storm threat shows Hurricane Olivia headed for the Islands.

School closures may be expected for midweek, similar to what happened with Hurricane Gordon in the southeast US, given the potential for another foot or more of rain.

Helene, now classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well.

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