A satellite image, supplied by the US National Weather Service, shows Hurricane Hector, a category four, as it moves towards the south of Hawaii. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center will begin issuing advisories on Olivia this afternoon as it moves into the basin. The current forecast continues to hold Florence as a Category 4 storm as it nears the southeastern U.S. by Thursday.
Meanwhile, forecasters say Hurricane Olivia is in a low wind shear environment - and that's not a good thing.
Now a Category 2 hurricane located more than 1,500 miles east of Honolulu, Olivia is expected to weaken into a tropical storm by the time it reaches the islands early Wednesday.
Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Paul was last observed with 45 mph sustained wind speeds about 660 miles west-southwest of the Baja Peninsula.
From the 5 a.m. A blend of the various intensity estimates gives a value of 75 kt for this advisory.
"Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, and Olivia is expected to remain a hurricane through Monday evening".
Olivia would be the second tropical system to hit the Hawaiian Islands this year. "Some gradual weakening is possible on Tuesday, but Olivia will likely remain a threat to the Hawaiian Islands next week", the hurricane center said. There isn't great agreement on how fast it will turn, however, due to the forecast depth of Olivia. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the state. Interests in Hawaii should monitor the progress of Olivia this weekend and use this time to enact your hurricane action plan.
They say because of global warming and higher water temperatures farther north, along with signs of El Niño, hurricanes are now following a new and more menacing route.