Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hurricane Hector strengthens as it marches across Central Pacific

Hurricane Hector strengthens as it marches across Central Pacific

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

Hector is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds are near 145 miles per hour.

Some weather predictions show the storm on a course to collide with the Kilauea Volcano, which has been spewing lava into communities on the Big Island for three months.

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.

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.

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

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Tom Travis, Hawaii's emergency management administrator, said: "Hector is our first hurricane this year".

The NHC said: "A motion toward the west-northwest at an increased forward speed is expected through Monday night, followed by a westward motion Tuesday and Wednesday".

"Some fluctuations in intensity are expected tonight and Monday".

Hurricane Hector updated track as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. The hurricane is expected to gain strength before it weakens and bypasses Hawaii.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say "Hector will cross into the local region from Tuesday night into Thursday, though it remains too early to determine precise impacts on island weather at this time". It was centered about 1,130 miles (1,820 kilometers) east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii, and was moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect but the center said the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the hurricane's progress.

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