History tells us: Tropical storms in Hawaii can cause major damage

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Elsewhere, we have Hurricane Olivia was located 595 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph.

On the forecast track, Olivia will be approaching the main Hawaiian Islands later Tuesday and Tuesday night.

"Right now, Olivia is tracking westward, south of the ridge", said John Bravender, warning coordination meteorologist at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. First, Hurricane Florence was last observed as a strong Category 1 storm with sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 974 millibars. Hurricane Isaac is now located 1,305 miles west of the Windward Islands with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph.

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A satellite image, supplied by the US National Weather Service, shows Hurricane Hector, a category four, as it moves towards the south of Hawaii. Still, heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds could threaten the state. The advisory was expected to remain in effect through 6 a.m. today.

School closures may be expected for midweek, similar to what happened with Hurricane Gordon in the southeast USA, given the potential for another foot or more of rain.

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation this afternoon that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering caused by Hurricane Olivia. Flash flooding, though, could also be a concern. Due to that, we have Tropical Storm Watches out for the Islands in advance of the storm. As NPR's Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a USA storm.

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