Sep. 11, 2018 7:42 PM EDT
The Latest: Hawaii seeks presidential disaster declaration
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HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Olivia approaching the Hawaiian Islands (all times local):
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is asking President Donald Trump to declare an emergency for the state as Tropical Storm Olivia approaches.
Ige said Tuesday the storm has the potential to cause widespread and catastrophic flooding and wind damage. He says it could trigger widespread power outages.
Ige is seeking help from military aircraft to fly people between islands if that becomes necessary. He’s also asking for help with potential medical evacuations and emergency power generation.
Olivia is a couple hundred miles east of Maui. It has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph.)
Tropical storm conditions are expected on Maui and the Big Island later Tuesday and on Oahu Tuesday night.
The owner of the only hardware store in the small town of Hana on Maui’s eastern side is determined to stay open as Tropical Storm Olivia approaches — so long as doing so doesn’t jeopardize the well-being of staff.
Neil Hasegawa says people may need to buy tarps or screws or other items for their homes at Hasegawa General Store. He plans to open at the normal time on Wednesday, 7 a.m. He says he’s waiting to see how bad the storm becomes.
Hana has a population of about 1,000. It’s a popular day-trip destination for travelers staying in Maui’s resort towns. But Hasegawa is encouraging visitors to stay home until the storm passes.
Tropical Storm Olivia is dropping light rain on Maui and the Big Island as its outer rain bands approach the state.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Matthew Foster said Tuesday the storm could deposit 10 to 15 inches of rain on the islands, though some areas could get as much as 20 inches.
He says some places might be more blocked from the rainfall, depending on the wind direction.
Olivia was a couple of hundred miles east of Maui Tuesday morning.
Forecasters say the storm is heading west toward Maui County. Foster says it appears Maui County or Oahu will experience the worst effects.
Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says officials are worried about landslides in west Maui because brush fires during Hurricane Lane last month wiped out vegetation.