Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 8, 2018

The hurricane, which was upgraded to a Category 4 storm late Sunday night by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), is carrying sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, with hurricane force winds extending 30 miles from its center.

As of 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Hector was located 1,395 miles south of Hilo, Hawaii.

"Interests in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Hector", the NHC said.

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

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days.", the National Hurricane Center said. "However, Hector is expected to still be a major hurricane when it moves into the central Pacific basin", the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

She said on Sunday morning: "The track of the hurricane still has the centre passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time".

State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm. The updated NHC track forecast is close to the latest consensus aids, and little overall change to the previous forecast was required.

A graphic made by the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Hector's projected track as of 5 a.m. ET on August 6, 2018.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and unsafe surfs.

The United State Geological Survey did provide a bit of good news about Kilauea volcano via Twitter on Sunday. One man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people were hurt July 16 when lava entering the ocean exploded onto a tour boat.

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