Hurricane Hector to pass just south of Hawaii

Christopher Davidson
August 10, 2018

As of 5 AM this morning, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the center of the storm was located about 220 miles south-southeast of Hilo.

The center of Hector was projected to pass a few hundred miles south of Oahu and Kauai through early Thursday, the CPHC said.

As a precaution, Hawaii County officials have closed three beaches - Whittington, Punaluu and Milolii beach parks - on Tuesday.

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A high surf warning has been issued for east shores of the Big Island in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Hector.

Hurricane Hector remained a category 3 storm. It was moving west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. Slight weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. Nevertheless, an outer rain band and some gusty winds could make it to the southern edge of the island through Friday.

Hurricane Hector has weakened to a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (195 kph) as it passes south of Hawaii's Big Island. Risky rip currents will also be possible near the Big Island and Maui. Higher than usual tides will combine with the large surf to increase the threat of coastal inundation.

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