Tropical storm watch issued for Big Island as Hector moves westward

Christopher Davidson
August 7, 2018

The center of the system is now located approximately 850 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 15 mph.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.

Far out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector was in the central Pacific as a strong Category 4 storm, with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported.

Remember that the forecast track and intensity can and will change. The storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue tonight, followed by a turn toward the west on Tuesday and Wednesday.

An updated forecast projects the center of the storm to move on a slightly more southerly course than previous tracks, and forecasters say it is expected to pass roughly 150 miles south of the Big Island sometime Wednesday.

Hurricane John was centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late in the afternoon. Hector is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the center of the storm was located about 850 miles east of Hilo or 1,055 miles east-southeast of Honolulu.

Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii County late Tuesday night or Wednesday. It was forecast to peak as a Category 3 hurricane before starting to weaken while staying to the west of the Baja California Peninsula during the week.

Read the Hawaii Boater's Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual for recommended precautions to protect your boat prior to a storm.

The potential impacts include localised rainfall flooding and fierce winds could prompt a few evacuations in Big Island.

Every year, there are approximately five tropical systems that pass over over the central Pacific basin.

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