HONOLULU – Hurricane Olivia is expected to approach Hawaii in the next few days as a high-end tropical storm or low end hurricane.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Maureen Ballard said Monday that there is only a small difference between the two, so people should prepare as if a hurricane.
Olivia is currently 435 miles (700 kilometers) east of Hilo and moving at 9 km / h (15 km / h). It has a maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km / h).
Forecasters predict Olivia can drop 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of rain on the Big Island and Maui County, although some areas can for 20 inch (50 cm.)
Oahu and Kauai are forecast to receive 3 to 6 inches (7 to 15 centimeters.)