As this is written Tuesday morning, Maui County is under a tropical storm warning. Although Olivia has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, its components may do significant damage to Maui County.
Tuesday morning it appeared that the storm was 385 miles northeast of Kahului was on a track to strike Maui as a bull’s-eye. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was packing sustained winds of 65 mph and it was approaching us at 10 mph.
The entire county is on a flash-flood watch. The tropical storm warning and a high-surf advisory are in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Our advice to readers is that if you do not have to go out, don’t. If you live in a low-lying area, evacuate to higher ground. The weather service cautioned that damage from Olivia could exceed Hurricane Lane because Olivia is forecast to have a direct hit on us.
Lane just delivered us a glancing blow as it passed by.
While we are praying for the safety of all our citizens, it might be nice to include the residents of the East Coast of the Mainland. Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, has a cone that has Wilmington, N.C., dead center in its cone. While it is expected to weaken to a Category 3 hurricane before it hits late tonight and Thursday morning.
Damage is expected to spread along the eastern seaboard. Winds of around 130 mph and massive flooding are forecast.
So be prepared and be safe as you go about the next couple of days in Maui County. As you pray, remember our brethren on the Mainland.
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