Hurricane Olivia is currently a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115mph with some gusts reaching 140 mph.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest update, the hurricane is moving west at 12mph.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.
There are no coastal watches and warning in effect, but Olivia’s new westward path could see the strong storm head towards Hawaii.
Will Hurricane Olivia hit Hawaii?
There are currently no reports saying Hurricane Olivia will hit Hawaii, but its recent forecast track shows the strong storm could take a turn towards the islands later this week.
Olivia has been intensifying since Monday and a predicted turn to the northwest puts Hawaii in danger of being hit by yet another hurricane in a very short time.
NOAA’s bulletin from today said: “Olivia is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through today.
“A turn toward the west-northwest is expected later tonight, followed by a gradual turn back toward the west over the weekend.”
If the Category 3 hurricane hits Hawaii with its current wind speed devastating damage will occur.
Electricity and water will most likely be unavailable for several days as the storm passes and trees will be snapped or uprooted, leaving numerous of roads blocked.
Buildings may also incur major damage and roofs can be ripped off homes.
Hurricane Olivia is the 15th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season.
Another tropical system may also interfere with Olivia, as AccuWeather reports a “broad area of low pressure associated with a westward-moving tropical wave will develop later this week well south of the southwestern coast of Mexico, to the east of where Hurricane Olivia is currently located.”
This area may develop into a more organised weather system next weekend.
Another storm, Hurricane Norman is also churning away in the Eastern Pacific at the moment.
According to AccuWeather, Norman may batter Hawaii with “dangerous seas” later this week.
The report said: “Dangerous surf will be stirred around the Hawaiian Islands during the mid- to latter part of this week, even though Norman may only be a tropical storm.”
The weather system is currently a Category 1 hurricane.
If Norman’s path track close enough it may increase showers across windward locations closer to the weekend.
But regardless of where Norman tracks, the hurricane will stir yet another round of dangerous seas around Hawaii.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said: “Norman will slowly weaken as it encounters gradually colder water and slightly more wind shear over the next few days.”
This comes just a week after Hurricane Lane churned through the Hawaiian Islands.
Hurricane Lane approached Hawaii from the south and gave Hawaii the highest amount of rain from a tropical cyclone in Hawaii’s history.
Lane was a Category 5 Hurricane and hurricane this strong had never come as close to Hawaii as Lane did.