Olaf Now Major Category 4 Hurricane

October 19, 2015, 10:50 AM HST · Updated October 19, 3:07 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

Image: NHC 11 a.m. track (2 p.m. PST)

Image: NHC 11 a.m. track (2 p.m. PST)

As of the 11:00 a.m. National Hurricane Center update, Hurricane Olaf is a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. Additional strengthening is forecast tonight with fluctuations in strength expected over the next couple of days.

The system is moving west near 12 mph with a turn to the west-northwest expected Tuesday followed by a jog to the northwest on Wednesday. On this current track we do not expect Olaf to get close enough to affect our weather in the islands. However, as with all tropical systems, these forecasts have a high degree of uncertainty and we will continue to monitor its progress and any changes that may occur.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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