Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii where a volcano is erupting

James Marshall
August 5, 2018

The volcano is in the middle of a three-month eruption of lava which has been spewing since May and has covered 13.4 square miles of the island's surface. Now the area faces a new threat as Hurricane Hector heads in that direction.

4, 2018, at 5 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 14.3 North, longitude 134.7 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days with an increase in forward speed.

Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Saturday as it churned toward the Central Pacific.

Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea.

Forecasters say little change in strength is expected through Monday, but some slight weakening is forecast Monday night through Wednesday. Hector is expected to weaken over cooler water before its center passes within 200 miles of the Big Island later this week, according to AccuWeather, though the island's southern tip is included in the NHC's five-day storm forecast cone.

The center of the storm was located about 1,360 miles east of South Point, Hawaii, as of the NHC's 2 a.m. PDT update. "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands". On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain. "Hector is our first hurricane this year".

The Hawaiian Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island.

An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed by the volcano, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced.

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