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Norman moves into Central Pacific as Category 1 hurricane

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    Hurricane Norman’s forecast as of 11 p.m. today.

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UPDATE: 11 p.m.

Hurricane Norman continues to move in the Central Pacific and far to the east of the Hawaiian islands.

Norman, a Category 1 hurricane with winds at 85 mph, is located 870 miles east of Hilo and 1,055 miles east of Honolulu.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Norman is moving toward the west near 17 mph. A westward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected to continue through Tuesday night, followed by a turn to the west-northwest on Wednesday.

Slight weakening is possible overnight and Tuesday. Norman is forecast to remain a hurricane through Wednesday.

Off the Mexican coast, Hurricane Olivia continues to move westward over the open Eastern Pacific. Olivia is 630 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California with winds at 80 mph.

Olivia is moving toward the west near 12 mph, and the hurricane is forecast to turn west-northwestward Wednesday with an increase in forward speed. Olivia could become a Category 2 hurricane in the next day.

5 p.m.

Hurricane Norman moved into the Central Pacific basin this afternoon.

Norman, with winds decreasing to 90 mph, is 970 miles east of Hilo and 1,150 miles east of Honolulu. The National Hurricane Center said Norman is moving toward the west near 21 mph. A westward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next day or two. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected by late Wednesday.

Norman is expected to remain a hurricane through the middle of this week. Some additional weakening is expected during the next few days.

Off the Mexican coast, Olivia has become the ninth hurricane of the season with winds at 75 mph. Olivia is located about 580 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

Olivia is moving toward the west near 9 mph and expected to gain speed tomorrow and turn to the west-northwest late Wednesday,

11 a.m.

Hurricane Norman is packing sustained winds of 105 mph as the Category 2 storm continues a westward track across the Central Pacific toward Hawaii.

At 11 a.m. today, Norman was about 1,085 miles east of Hilo and 1,265 miles east of Honolulu, and was moving west at 20 mph. The storm is expected to continue weakening before making a turn toward the west-northwest on Thursday.

In addition, Tropical Storm Olivia continues to develop in the Eastern Pacific, where it was approximately 2,276 miles from Hilo at 11 a.m. and moving west at 8 mph with sustained winds near 70 mph.

Forecasters expect Olivia to become a hurricane later today or early tomorrow, then pick up speed as it heads west before making a west-northwest turn by Thursday.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

As of 5 a.m. Monday, Hurricane Norman has weakened to a Category 2 storm, according to forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

With maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, Norman is located about 1,935 miles east of Hilo and moving westward at 20 mph. Continued slow weakening is forecast over the next three days, with the storm expected to make a turn toward the west-northwest on Thursday.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia was strengthening this morning over open water and could still become a hurricane by Tuesday. As of 5 a.m. the storm was located 2,666 miles east of Hilo, moving west at approximately 7 mph with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph.

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