Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

Mindy Sparks
August 7, 2018

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.

The US National Hurricane Centre said storms of this strength are considered capable of causing devastating damage to populated areas.

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.

State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and moving at 12 miles per hour.

The Hawaiian Islands were placed on alert as Hector inched toward the central Pacific with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. It's not known yet if the island will be impacted. "Now is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place". 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.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said while Hector is heading in Big Island 's general direction, it's too early to tell if it's on a collision course with the volcano.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year".

The current Kilauea lava flow from one of about two dozen volcanic fissures that opened in the ground has been going on for 93 days, making the longest non-stop eruption on record from Kilauea's lower East Rift zone.

The hurricane's potential close pass of the Big Island comes as the state is still dealing with the ongoing issues from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May 3.

At least 700 homes have been destroyed, authorities estimate, and thousands of people have been displaced.

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