Hawaii is preparing for another encounter with a tropical cyclone as TS Olivia continues to move towards the island chain. The main issues will be the threat of flooding rains which could result in mudslides, flash flooding and road closures. It’s possible too that some portions of the islands will see tropical storm force winds which could result in minor damage but Olivia has weakened considerably and will continue to do so.
Meanwhile, Isaac is maintaining its strength just below hurricane intensity as it tracks westward toward the Lesser Antilles. It is possible that it will regain some intensity and become a hurricane again before stronger upper level winds halt development, just as it is moving through the eastern Caribbean.
And then we have Florence which has weakened just a bit overnight due to complex changes within the core. Warm sea surface temps ahead and fairly ideal upper level winds mean that Florence could reach category five strength at some point.
A hurricane watch and storm surge watch are now in effect from Edisto Beach, SC to the NC/VA border. The time to move preparations along is at hand and people within the watch area need to have those preps complete by sundown tomorrow.
I have posted my latest video discussion for this morning below. I’ll have another updated video discussion here this evening. Follow along too on Twitter: @hurricanetrack as well as our iPhone app: Hurricane Impact.