Hector Enters Central Pacific as Category 4 Hurricane

James Marshall
August 7, 2018

According to the National Hurricane Center, "small but powerful" Hector continues to churn away in the eastern Pacific as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

Hurricane Hector is still churning closer to the Hawaiian islands on Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm to the southeast of Hawaii.

Some predictions put the storm on a virtual collision course with the Kilauea Volcano on the southern part of the island.

Hawaii faces a new threat in the form of Hurricane Hector, a Category 3 storm that is churning its way towards the Big Island.

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.

- Hurricane Hector was carrying 125 miles per hour (205 kph) winds westward across the Pacific Ocean early Sunday.

The storm was moving west-northwest at roughly 16 miles per hour.

Little change in strength was expected for Monday, but some fluctuations in wind speed and a gradual weakening is forecast for Monday night, forecasters said.

State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm.

"While the official forecast track continues to lie south of the Hawaiian Islands, it is too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges", the NHC said.

"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.

More than 700 homes and properties have been destroyed with thousands of people being forced to leave the area. The Big Island has been coping with three months of Kilauea's volcanic eruptions that have sent lava flowing into some neighborhoods.

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