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Hurricane Olaf Weakens to Category 3 Storm

October 21, 2015, 8:23 AM HST
* Updated October 21, 8:35 AM
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By: Jamilia Epping

Hurricane Olaf has begun to weaken, but remains a major hurricane in the Central Pacific.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update, Hurricane Olaf was located 890 miles southeast of Hilo, holding maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The storm is moving to the west-northwest at nine mph.

Olaf’s weakening has downgraded the system to a Category Three hurricane, and forecasters expect slow weakening to continue over the next couple days, concurring with the storm’s projected change of path.

CPHC projects that Hurricane Olaf will take a turn to the northwest later Wednesday, then shift to the north-northwest on Thursday and head north on Friday. That path would keep the brunt of the storm away from the islands.

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Forecasters continue to predict large surf swells generated by Hurricane Olaf. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for East facing shores of the Big Island until 6 p.m. Saturday. Wave heights during the day are expected to be between 6-10 feet and are forecast to climb to 12-18 feet by Wednesday night.

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Stay with Big Island Now for the latest information on Hurricane Olaf.

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