Hurricane Hector is headed toward Hawaii, where a volcano is erupting

07 August, 2018, 18:51 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that Hurricane Hector is a "strong" category 3 storm with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and is moving west at 12 miles per hour.

The center of the Category 4 storm was about 735 miles east-southeast of Hilo and 945 east-southeast of Honolulu, the CPHC said in its 5 p.m. HST update. 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 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.

The County of Hawai'i reports that the county is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Hector in the Central Pacific region later this week.

Some fluctuations in intensity are expected overnight into Monday, followed by gradual weakening Monday night through Wednesday. Forecasters warned late Sunday a slight deviation of its path to the north would significantly increase potential impacts to the state of Hawaii. "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands".

The Hawaiian Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island. The Big Island has been coping with three months of Kilauea's volcanic eruptions that have sent lava flowing into some neighborhoods.

While the latest eruptions started in May, the volcano has spewed lava since the 1980s, becoming a major tourist destination even as it threatened nearby residents.

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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