Norman strengthens to category 3, while Olivia weakens to category 2

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Hurricane Norman strengthens into a category 3 system with sustained winds of 115 mph.  Its continuing on its NW course, passing east of the islands.  Due to that, we expect another round of light and variable winds this weekend.

We will start to see our ocean conditions pick up starting today.  A High Surf Warning is in effect for all east facing shores.  Hawai’i island and Maui island can see waves up to 18 feet by tonight.  

Moloka’i, O’ahu and Kaua’i can start to see wave heights go up to 12 ft by tonight, and expect these numbers to increase tomorrow.

There is also a Small Craft Advisory in effect.  This advisory and the high surf warning are in effect until Friday at 6:00 am.

We could possibly see tropical storm force winds for portions of the state starting tomorrow with Hawai’i island.  Maui County could possibly experience these increased winds by Friday.  Tropical force winds are between 39-73 mph.  However, if felt, it looks to be the lower end of those speeds.

Hurricane Olivia is currently a category 2 system with sustained winds of 110 mph.  It has a weakening trend for the next few days.  The projected track looks to be heading directly for the Hawaiian islands, so be sure to sign up for our KHON2 mobile app to get the latest information as this system progresses.

HURRICANE NORMAN:
At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Norman was located near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 147.7 West. Norman is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through this morning. Norman is expected to slow its forward motion slightly, and turn toward the west-northwest later today and tonight. A turn toward the northwest is expected Thursday and Thursday night. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h)with higher gusts, and Norman is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today, followed by gradual weakening from tonight through Thursday night. Norman is expected to remain a hurricane through Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles(205 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 962 mb (28.41 inches).

HURRICANE OLIVIA:
At 800 AM PDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Olivia was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 122.3 West. Olivia is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a gradual turn back toward the west over theweekend.Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 mph (175 km/h)with higher gusts. Additional slow weakening is expected during the next few days.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles(150 km).The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb (28.56 inches).

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