Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Hurricane Hector: Category 4 storm heads toward Hawaii, forecast, path, track today

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Hector has entered the Central Pacific as a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with increased forward movement near 15 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour.

As of 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Hector was located 1,395 miles south of Hilo, Hawaii. Forecasters say tropical-storm-force winds could affect the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday.

The Hawaii Coast Guard has set a port condition of "WHISKEY" due to the impending storm, during which time commercial traffic and transfer operations are allowed to continue.

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

Some fluctuations in intensity are expected overnight into Monday, followed by gradual weakening Monday night through Wednesday. On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain.

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".

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"Hector is our first hurricane this year". "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands". "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 Hawaiian Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

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