Hurricane Hector to skirt south of Hawaii as it weakens

Olive Hawkins
August 11, 2018

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) continues to work with emergency management and civil defense partners to monitor potential impacts from Hurricane Hector.

The National Weather Service said as of 8 a.m. today the center of Hector, which is still measuring as a Category 4 Hurricane (maximum sustained winds of 113-136 mph), is 495 miles southeast of Hilo moving west at 16 mph.

A high surf warning has been issued for east shores of the Big Island in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Hector. At the peak of the speed of the Hector reached 120 km per hour. Hector is expected to pass approximately 165 miles south on Wednesday. No coastal watches are warnings were issued, but forecasters said a tropical storm watch may be issued for Johnston Island.

An uptick in squalls, locally heavy rain, brief gusty winds, heavy seas and surf may occur on the islands through the latter part of the week, AccuWeather reported.

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By Tuesday evening, Hector was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Some slight weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. "The strongest winds are expected down the slope of the mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands, and through gaps".

"Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Big Island on Wednesday as the core of Hector passes to south".

There are warnings of potentially high surf on southeast shores of Ka'u and Puna, located on the coastline of the Hawaii Volcanoes national Park.

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