HONOLULU – Tropical Storm Olivia dropped light rain on Maui and the Big Island on Tuesday as the outer rain bands approach of the state.
The storm could deposit of 10 to 15 inches of rain on the islands, although some areas could get as much as 20 inches, Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Matthew Foster said.
Some places may be more blocked from the precipitation, depending on the direction of the wind, ” he said.
Olivia was a few hundred kilometres to the east of Maui and on the way to that island as it packed maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km / h.)
Maui or Oahu provinces proved to be the most likely to experience the worst consequences, Foster said.
The officials were concerned about landslides in west Maui because of brush fires during the Hurricane Lane three weeks ago, wiped out vegetation, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.
The owner of the only hardware store in the small town of Hana on Maui’s eastern side of the line said he was determined to remain open, because it is the only place where residents can buy storm supplies.
“If people need to get tarps or screws or something for their house . I think it is important for us to try to stay open as much as possible, without danger for the well-being of our employees,” said Neil Hasegawa, the owner of Hasegawa General Store.
Although the storm is expected to affect Hana from Tuesday night, Hasegawa was planning to open at the normal time in the morning: 7 hours
“We are just kind of play it by ear for now,” he said. “We will see how bad it is.”
Residents are bracing for Hana to take the brunt of the storm, Hasegawa said.
People who prepared for the recent Hurricane Lane largely left these preparations take place for Olivia, ” he said.
“I think they are even taking it more seriously than Lane,” Hasegawa said. “You can see the track …it’s just rolled on this east-end.”
His shop is a popular stop for tourists making the scenic, winding drive to Hana, population of 1200. He encourages people who don’t need to be in Hana on Tuesday or Wednesday to stay away because they are caught and take limited shelter space.
“It is better for those people to seek shelter and stay in place, instead of traveling the road,” he said. “The resources are very limited, on this side of the island.”
David Roth, facility manager for the Travaasa Hana resort in the area, said the workers are doing “normal storm preparations,” but he refused to provide information.
He would not say whether the resort was full, but he noticed, there was a few to cancel.
There was light rain on the goods of the Tuesday morning, Roth said. “We are used to the stormy weather on the east side of Maui,” he said.