Category 3 Hurricane Hector roars in Pacific far from land

Jan Cross
August 9, 2018

Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

After Monday, the storm is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 or 1 hurricane. Now, Hurricane Hector is forecast to slide along the south coast of the island by midweek.

A powerful hurricane is on course to collide with an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island within days, forecasters have said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Any deviation northward could bring Hector close enough to impact the Big Island. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause risky rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches.

"By 48 h, the hurricane is predicted to encounter some drier mid-level air which is forecast to cause gradual weakening after that time".

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

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CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea.

Tom Travis, Hawaii's emergency management administrator, 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.

The current eruption is the longest non-stop eruption on record from Kilauea's lower East Rift Zone.

"The track of the hurricane still has the center passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time", Brink said Sunday morning. At least 700 homes have been destroyed, authorities estimate, and thousands of people have been displaced.

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