Hawaii on edge again as Hurricane Olivia heads for the islands

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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.

Four years ago, Tropical Storm Iselle caused about $80 million in crop damage on the Big Island and caused major problems for residents.

Now a Category 1 storm, Olivia was about 825 miles east northeast of Hilo, Hawaii as of 11 p.m. local time Saturday (5 a.m. Sunday ET), the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The still-Category 2 storm was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour as of Friday evening. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

National Weather Service forecasters predict light and variable winds through Monday as Norman continues to move northward away from the state.

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

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the eye and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles.

"Olivia may get even closer than Lane did or directly across the chain, bringing localized damaging winds and possibly intense rain fall, flooding, very high surf and storm surge". Gov. David Ige said "We're monitoring this storm closely and taking steps now to ensure that we're prepared for its impacts to the state". The next updates will come from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Olivia continued to weaken Friday, but the Hawaiian Islands still remain within the hurricane's probable track.