City to storm-weary residents: 'We cannot let our guards down'

City to storm-weary residents: 'We cannot let our guards down'
The city is urging residents to be prepared as Hurricane Lane nears the state. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane Olivia is one to watch.

That's the message from the city, which is urging residents to spend the weekend getting prepared for the storm.

"We cannot let our guards down as Hurricane Olivia heads toward the Hawaiian Islands," Mayor Kirk Caldwell said, in a news release.  "We have to prepare for the storm and also for climate change, which is contributing to this unusual storm season."

He added, "I know that these repeated hurricane and tropical storm events so close to each other can be very taxing. However, all of us need to take some time now to consider what could happen if we are impacted by Olivia as a hurricane or tropical storm and plan accordingly with family and friends."

Olivia comes on the heels of Hurricane Norman, which passed northeast of the state.

Late last month, Hurricane Lane lashed the Hawaiian Islands, triggered widespread flooding on the Big Island and Kauai.

Olivia is forecast to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a hurricane.

This story will be updated. 

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