Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Category 4 Hurricane Hector heads toward Hawaii

Category 4 Hurricane Hector heads toward Hawaii

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane poses no short-term threat to land.

The latest advisory, issued at 5 a.m. Tuesday said Hector weakened in intensity, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, with occasional higher gusts.

The storm was moving west-northwest at roughly 16 miles per hour.

Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

Hector was a Category 3 storm early Sunday as it churned toward the Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago that includes the Big Island.

Little change in strength was expected for Monday, but some fluctuations in wind speed and a gradual weakening is forecast for Monday night, forecasters said.

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Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

Even though the hurricane should hopefully pass just south of Hawaii, state officials are warning residents to exercise caution. "Now is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place".

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say "Hector will cross into the local region from Tuesday night into Thursday, though it remains too early to determine precise impacts on island weather at this time".

Hurricane Hector updated track as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year". "We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide".

The hurricane's potential close pass of the Big Island comes as the state is still dealing with the ongoing issues from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May 3.

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