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Olaf Strengthens into Hurricane

October 18, 2015, 10:05 AM HST
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By: Jamilia Epping

Tropical Storm Olaf strengthened in to a hurricane late Saturday night, making Hurricane Olaf the eleventh hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season.

As of 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Olaf was located about 1,620 miles east-southeast of Hilo. The storm was circulating maximum sustained winds up to 80 miles per hour as it traveled in a west direction at 12 mph.

National Hurricane Center image, as of 5 a.m.

National Hurricane Center image, as of 5 a.m.

NHC forecasters say that Hurricane Olaf is expected to continue to move along its current path through Sunday, with a west-northwest turn expected by early Monday.

In addition, Hurricane Olaf’s wind speeds are forecast to continue to strengthen over the next 48 hours, with the potential to become a major hurricane by late Monday.

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According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hurricane Olaf should reach the center’s area of jurisdiction on Tuesday.

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Big Island Now will continue to follow Hurricane Olaf.

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