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      Hawaii is suffering from an onslaught of hurricanes and tropical storms. Just last month, Hawaii was hit by Hurricane Lane and over 50 inches of rain was left behind on the Big Island. Hurricane Lane was the second-wettest tropical storm on record in Hawaii surpassing hurricane Hiki in 1950.

      Hawaii also just survived hurricane Norman, although at one point it was only a category one storm. There seems to be no serious damage. Norman seems to be dissipating and heading away from the Islands.

      Now in quick succession, another storm is barreling toward Hawaii just as hurricane Norman is leaving the area. Hurricane Olivia, with sustaining winds of 85 mph, is quickly approaching. However, Olivia is expected to lower in intensity from a category one storm to a tropical storm by the time it impacts the island. Despite the storm weakening, heavy rain and strong winds are still to be expected.

      In spite of the recent assault of severe storms, some rain could actually really help the state. Apparently, one third of Hawaii is experiencing a significant drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the recently released drought monitor. Perhaps these recent storms can rectify that particular issue that is affecting Hawaii’s islands.

      However, Olivia is not the end of the series of tropical storms. Behind Olivia follows a disturbance forming off in the west coast of Mexico. This disturbance was seen just a few hundred miles off the southern coast of Baja, CA. However, there is a 90 percent chance it will turn into a tropical depression.

      Most news outlets recommend that residents in Hawaii should pay special attention to local reports in their area from authorities regarding the storms and what kind of preparation may be needed. Recently, the biggest concern for Hawaiian residents is high surf and dangerous waters caused by powerful winds.

      Source: CNN, Newsweek, Khon2

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