Maui hunkers down for Tropical Storm Olivia nearing Hawaii

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HONOLULU (AP) -- Maui is hunkering down for heavy rains and powerful winds as a gradually weakening tropical storm barrels toward Hawaii.

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Forecasters said Tropical Storm Olivia could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain on the islands, with some places getting as much as 15 inches.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is urging residents to store drinking water and warned that they should plan for power outages, landslides, high surf, fallen trees and flooded roads.

Honolulu is hoping it will be spared the worst.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says city offices will be open as usual. City buses also will be running normally so long as winds aren't too powerful.

Olivia was a hurricane earlier this week, but has been slowly losing power as it gets closer to Hawaii.

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