Hurricane Norman maintains strength while Hurricane Olivia intensifies slightly


As Hurricane Norman nears the islands, surf for the east shores continues to rise into warning levels.

For Thursday east facing shores of Hawaii Island and Maui could be 12-18 feet.  East facing shores for Oahu, Molokai and Kauai will be 10-15 feet.  At this time Lanai is shielded from any large east swells.

Starting late Thursday, the islands could see a boost in windward showers into the weekend.  At this point there are no flooding issues expected should Norman continue to track away from the state.   Should the track change, this may need to be revisited. 

Muggy conditions are expected this weekend as Hurricane Norman is expected to block the trade wind flow.  Light and variable winds take over through early next week.

Hurricane Olivia maintained strength today with winds at 105 mph.  Olivia is expected to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a tropical storm.  If the forecast holds, the islands could see Olivia as a tropical storm near the islands starting Tuesday.  

HURRICANE NORMAN:   Norman is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph. This motion is
expected to continue tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Thursday. Norman is forecast to continue to move toward the northwest on Friday and Saturday, and along the forecast track, the center of Norman is expected to pass 200 to 300 miles to the northeast of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts.  Norman is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Weakening is expected over the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.    


HURRICANE OLIVIA:  Olivia is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph, and this motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.  A gradual turn toward the west is expected over the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with higher gusts.  A gradual weakening trend is forecast to begin within a day or so.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

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