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Category 4 Hurricane Hector likely to miss Hawaii

08 August 2018, 11:28 | Justin Tyler

Hector hits Category 3

Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Hurricane Hector has returned to a Category 4 storm and picked-up speed as it moves towards Hawaii's Big Island.

Hurricane Hector gained in strength overnight as it continues its march westward across the Central Pacific. It's not known yet if the island will be impacted.

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. "We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urged people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide". Lava from the volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures, including residences, since eruptions began in May.

Hurricane Hector roared as a major Category Three storm over the Pacific Ocean yesterday morning, but was far from land.

Mayor Harry Kim said the session was aimed at getting staff familiar with the background regarding the storm, which was approaching the 140-degree longitude boundary into the Central Pacific.


That would put the storm on a virtual collision course with Kilauea Volcano, situated on the southern portion of the island. "After that, gradual weakening is forecast Monday night through Wednesday".

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Big Island of Hawaii due to the the chance for winds of 39 miles per hour or stronger on Wednesday.

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 Center in College Park Maryland.

Though the center of the hurricane will likely miss Hawaii, heavy rain from the storm is likely to pelt portions of the Big Island.



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