Norman reduced to a tropical storm

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

As of 11 a.m., the storm was located 330 miles north-northeast of Hilo and 375 miles east-northeast of Honolulu. Norman was moving north-northwest at 9 mph.

Forecasters predicted a further, rapid weakening of the storm through today.

Meanwhile, further east in the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia was weakening and moving west-northwest. As of 2 p.m. Friday, it was pinpointed about 1,375 miles east of Hilo and 1,550 miles east of Honolulu. Its maximum sustained winds were 110 mph.

Olivia was expected to cross into the Central Pacific late today and approach the Hawaiian Islands in three to four days.

A high-surf warning for Maui County was reduced to an advisory Friday. The advisory was expected to remain in effect through 6 a.m. today.

Partly cloudy skies and isolated showers were forecast for windward and mauka areas today through Monday. Leeward areas were expected to see sunny skies in the morning, followed by mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon with isolated to scattered showers.

High temperatures were forecast to range from 84 to 89 degrees. Variable winds will blow to as much as 15 mph.

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