Olivia Soaking Maui

Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Olivia continue to pass slowly over Maui, where up to 15 inches of forecast rain could create life-threatening conditions.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported this morning that up to 6 inches of rain has already fallen on Maui from the storm. Total expected rainfall from Olivia is 5 to 10 inches with isolated areas receiving as much as 15 inches, especially in areas of high terrain, the agency said.

As of 6 a.m. today, the rain gauge in West Wailuaiki in Windward Maui recorded 7.55 inches of rain over 24 hours while the gauge at Puu Alii on Molokai recorded 4.29 inches over 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Maui County officials reported that 62 people sought shelter in seven evacuation centers that opened Tuesday evening. The biggest number of evacuees was at Maui High School in Kahului with 30 people. Lahaina Civic Center accommodated 16 people. At Kihei Elementary School, 11 people turned out. Only one person sought shelter at Hana Elementary and High School. There was also one person at Molokai High School, one at Lanai Elementary and High School and two at Kalama Intermediate School on Maui.

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