Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

Leroy Wright
August 6, 2018

The storm is located about 1,360 miles east of South Point, Hawaii, located on the Big Island.

Hector is forecast to remain over warm sea surface temperatures and within a low shear environment for the next couple of days, and so forecasters wrote that "it is possible for some fluctuations in intensity to occur as the result of eyewall replacements".

Slow weakening is forecast for Hector over the next few days; however, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Hector is expected to still be a major hurricane when it moves into the Central Pacific basin on Sunday night or early Monday.

Now Hurricane Hector is churning towards the Hawaiian Islands with wind speeds of up to 200km/h, reports CNN.

The hurricane is moving westward or 275/10 kt. west-northwestward motion is expected over the next day or so as Hector is steered by a deep-layer ridge to its north.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

A graphic made by the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Hector's projected track as of 5 a.m. ET on Aug. 6 2018
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The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and was moving west at 14 miles per hour.

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 Centre in College Park Maryland.

State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, in a press release on Friday.

Since the Kilauea volcano erupted in May on the Big Island, thousands of residents have been displaced, hundreds of homes destroyed and roads damaged.

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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