County Preparing for Hurricane Hector

Pablo Tucker
August 8, 2018

"While the official forecast track continues to lie south of the Hawaiian Islands, it is too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges", the National Hurricane Center wrote.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, with occasional higher gusts.

Hector's winds dropped to 125 mph from 130 mph, the diving line between Categories 3 and 4, early Sunday as it moved westward at 12 mph Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

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


Hawaii emergency officials are keeping track of a hurricane that's expected to pass to the south of the islands this week.

Hector is now about 1,130 miles (1,820km) east of South Point, Hawaii, and is forecast to cross into the central Pacific today.

An erupting Hawaii volcano is causing fewer earthquakes, and there's less lava coming out of an eruption site in a neighbourhood just as the Big Island braces for an approaching hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 100 miles.


Wind: Tropical-storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible across the Big Island late Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

First a volcano, now a hurricane? At least 700 homes have been destroyed, authorities estimate, and thousands of people have been displaced.


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