Eye of Hurricane Olivia breaking apart

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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.

If you are one of those with "storm-fatigue" and you aren't anxious about the latest hurricane threat, Central Pacific Hurricane Center says think twice.

The forecast path will keep Helene over open water and will eventually weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday. By Wednesday evening, the storm's expected to have about 50 mph winds some 145 miles west of Kailua-Kona. "Now is the time to prepare", said Gov. David Ige.

Elsewhere, we have Hurricane Olivia was located 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Olivia is forecast to stay a hurricane for the next couple of days while the system is experiencing light shear, balanced by very dry air aloft and marginal but warming SSTs. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.

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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. "For everyone who went through the days leading up to Hurricane Lane, take the lessons we learned and use them now".

As of 5 a.m. today, the storm was about 735 miles east-northeast of Hilo and 900 miles east of Honolulu with sustained winds near 75 mph and was moving westward at approximately 16 mph.

On the forecast track, Norman was expected to continue in a northwest direction, turning slightly more north-northwest Saturday. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the state.

The storm was downgraded to a Category 3 this morning, but in its latest warning, the National Weather Service said it was again a category four, with winds as high as 200kph at its centre.

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