Olaf rapidly strengthens to a Category Four Hurricane expected to cross into the Central Pacific Basin tonight
At 2:00 PM PDT, the eye of Hurricane Olaf was located about 1280 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii. Olaf is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday.
Satellite imagery indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Olaf is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Some additional strengthening is forecast tonight. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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