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Olaf now a Major Cat 3 Hurricane, expected cross into Central Pacific tonight

Hurricane Olaf is now a major hurricane. Satellite imagery indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Olaf is a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening through tonight is forecast, with some fluctuations in intensity possible on Tuesday.

Olaf is the 6th major hurricane in the eastern North Pacific this year. It’s also the farthest south that a major hurricane has formed in the basin since reliable records began in 1971.

Olaf is centered about 1345 miles (2160 km) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). This motion is expected to continue today, followed by turn toward the west-northwest tonight and crossing into the Central Pacific basin. A west-northwest motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

STAY INFORMED: MAUIWatch will continue to monitor the situation and notify the public if we are placed into a watch or warning. Download the free MAUIWatch APP for critical notifications at app.mauiwatch.com

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