Category 4 Hurricane Hector heads toward Hawaii

Christopher Davidson
August 7, 2018

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 138.6 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days with some increase in forward speed.

Hurricane Hector is now 1,130 miles southeast of Big Island and moving west, according to the NHC's latest advisory.

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Meterologist James Spann said on Twitter that it was "too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges".

Hector was a Category 3 storm early Sunday as it churned toward the Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago that includes the Big Island.

Hurricane Hector picked up strength as it entered the Central Pacific Basin, according to forecasters.

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According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the center of the storm was located about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo, or about 750 miles east-southeast of Honolulu.

Hector was on a trajectory that could brush the southern coast of the Big Island late on Wednesday morning, the NHC said.

Hector will bring increased surf and a high risk for risky rip currents to east- and south-facing beaches of the southernmost islands, especially the Big Island and Maui during next week. A high surf advisory has been issued for east-facing shores of Maui. Both are in effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds expected up to 30 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical storm-force winds reach up to 105 miles from the center.

The forecast track for Hurricane Hector.

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