The Latest: Olivia now a tropical depression, rain continues

  • This Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, photo shows waterfalls flowing into Iao Valley on Mauna Kahalawai in Hawaii. Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island. (Aaron Najera via AP)

  • This Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, photo shows waterfalls flowing into Iao Valley on Mauna Kahalawai in Hawaii. Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island. (Aaron Najera via AP)

  • This Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, photo shows floodwater in the parking lot of a condo complex at Kahana Village in Lahaina, Hawaii. Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island. (Lauren Greer via AP)

  • Maui County workers cleared a storm drain in Iao Valley near Kepaniwai Park on Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2018, in Wailuku, Hawaii. The road flooded earlier in the morning with about three feet of water according to the crew. The National Weather Service has canceled a tropical storm warning for Oahu and Maui, but says some areas will continue to get heavy rain for the next day. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

  • A home on Kahekili Highway near the Waihee River Bridge, was evacuated after a flash flood breached the property on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2018, in Maui, Hawaii. Maui County says several homes on Maui are being evacuated because of floodwaters from Tropical Storm Olivia. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

  • This Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, photo shows floodwater in the parking lot of a condo complex at Kahana Village in Lahaina, Hawaii. Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island. (Lauren Greer via AP)

HONOLULU — The Latest on Tropical Storm Olivia and its impact on Hawaii (all times local):

5:30 a.m.

Officials say Tropical Storm Olivia has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves away from Hawaii.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in a statement Thursday that the depression would produce additional rainfall of 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) and isolated amounts of 6-8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) on higher terrain.

The center says that rain could cause life-threatening flash floods because the ground is already saturated with water.

The tropical depression was moving west-southwest at about 18 mph (30 kph).

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12:20 a.m.

Heavy rain and winds from a tropical storm have downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii’s Maui island but spared the state widespread damage before continuing out to sea.

Tropical Storm Olivia crossed the state Wednesday, making landfall on Maui and Lanai islands along the way.

Weather forecasters warned heavy rains would continue through Thursday but Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said he was hopeful the effects of the storm would be limited.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Olivia was more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Honolulu late Wednesday. It was moving west with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), just barely strong enough to qualify as a tropical storm.

The hurricane center said Olivia will likely weaken further and become a tropical depression by Thursday.

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