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Posted on: September 10, 2018

Hurricane Olivia UPDATE #1

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For Immediate Release

                 

September 10, 2018


Hurricane Olivia UPDATE #1


WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The Maui County Emergency Management Agency urges all residents and visitors to prepare for Hurricane Olivia, now a category 1 storm system with maximum sustained winds near 75 mph with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast today, with slight weakening starting tonight and continuing through Tuesday.  Nevertheless, Olivia is forecast to be a strong tropical storm by the time it reaches Hawaii.


“I am asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for Hurricane Olivia.   The County’s absolute, number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.  We’ve worked all weekend to ensure that we’re prepared.  Together, let’s all be ready for Olivia,” said Mayor Arakawa.


“Please ensure your family has an emergency kit, shelter in place unless advised otherwise, and plan for power outages and flooded roads, fallen trees, landslides, and high surf,” 


Both Mayor Arakawa and Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency for the County of Maui and State of Hawaii, respectively, that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering that may be caused by Hurricane Olivia.  Even if Olivia arrives as a Tropical Storm, Hawaii is in danger of experiencing high winds, heavy rains, high surf, storm surges and flooding that threaten to cause significant damage to public and private property.


Weather officials remind residents not to focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Olivia and be prepared for changes in future forecasts. Also, keep in mind that just because Olivia is forecast to be a weaker storm than Lane, the impacts could be significantly worse.


Arakawa reminds residents and visitors to monitor the news, radio, and our county website, www.mauicounty.gov, and county social media feeds for official storm updates.


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