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History tells us: Tropical storms in Hawaii can cause major damage

Homes were damaged by downed trees on Hawaii Island. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Homes were damaged by downed trees on Hawaii Island. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
Drivers on Oahu were caught in high flood waters on the freeway. (Image: Hawaii News Now/archive) Drivers on Oahu were caught in high flood waters on the freeway. (Image: Hawaii News Now/archive)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Tropical storms have a history of causing major damage in Hawaii.

And that why officials are urging residents to take the threat of Olivia seriously.

The cyclone is expected to be a strong tropical storm when it starts to impact the islands late Tuesday into Wednesday. Forecasters say some parts of the state could see rain totals of 10-15 inches and up to 20 inches. Meanwhile, Olivia is also slated to bring high winds. 

Four years ago, Tropical Storm Iselle caused about $80 million in crop damage on the Big Island and caused major problems for residents.

Winds upwards of 60 miles an hour toppled trees, causing power outages in Lower Puna. Some residents were also blocked by downed trees for weeks following the storm.

In 2016, the remnants of Darby dumped rain on Oahu for more than 5 hours. That rain was enough to flood the H-1 Freeway turning it into a swimming pool for cars, along with Dillinghamd Boulevard and the Kalihi Stream.

Motorists were trapped causing a major traffic back up. Residents and businesses were also left to clean up the mess from the floods.

[Read more: Five months after Tropical Storm Darby, families return home]

It's experiences like these that are leading state and county officials to echo the message: Be prepared and stay vigilant during every hurricane season.

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