Hurricane Hector tracks toward Hawaii

Gwen Vasquez
August 9, 2018

Hector is expected to weaken over cooler water before its center passes within 200 miles of the Big Island later this week, according to AccuWeather, though the island's southern tip is included in the NHC's five-day storm forecast cone.

At 5 a.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Hector - now a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph - was located 1,255 miles east southeast of Hilo.

It was uncertain if it would hit or just brush by the southern edge of the Big Island, said a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since May 3, as lava continues to flow from fissure 8 on its eastern flank, which has covered 13.4 square miles of the island's surface. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

It is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state. Now, Hurricane Hector is forecast to slide along the south coast of the island by midweek.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in a statement to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days. "After that, gradual weakening is forecast Monday night through Wednesday".

Two other tropical storms are also spinning in the Pacific: Ileana and John.

Though the center of the hurricane will likely miss Hawaii, heavy rain from the storm is likely to pelt portions of the Big Island.

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