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'Don't plan on being lucky': Officials urge residents to take Olivia threat seriously

City leaders met Sunday morning for a briefing on the storm. (Image: City and County of Honolulu) City leaders met Sunday morning for a briefing on the storm. (Image: City and County of Honolulu)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Emergency officials and city leaders are urging residents to prepare for flooding rains and high winds from Olivia, which is on track to impact the island chain as early as Tuesday night.

Over the weekend, Mayor Kirk Caldwell had a message for residents that they've heard a lot this hurricane season: Be vigilant and stay prepared.

“With Hurricane Lane still fresh in our memory, we’re now facing another challenge as Hurricane Olivia approaches the state,” Caldwell said.

"I want to stress the importance of preparing adequately, but again, I’m asking that people not purchase more than they need, and if you have purchased more than needed, please don’t return items; rather keep supplies on hand for the remainder for hurricane season,” Caldwell said.

Ahead of the storm, the city is once again trying to clear streams and ramp up response efforts.

And officials area warning residents that even as a tropical storm, Olivia could have major impacts on the state.

“Two things that concern us at a time like this are emergency fatigue and the public underestimating the threat,” Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said.

“Because Lane wasn’t a direct hit, and Miriam and Norman bypassed the islands, people may start to feel like we’re safe. The warnings start to mean less. But let’s be clear; in each of those cases, we were lucky. Don’t plan on being lucky. Plan on being prepared," he added. 


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