Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

The National Weather Service says Hurricane Hector is expected to pass south of the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves westward.

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

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days.", the National Hurricane Center said.

Some residents on the Big Island of Hawaii have already endured a wild year due to the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

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Farther out in the Pacific, Hurricane Hector strengthened again into a Category 4 storm, with winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph), the hurricane centre reported.

Hector was on a trajectory that could brush the southern coast of the Big Island late on Wednesday morning, the NHC said.

Even as a months-long volcanic eruption goes on, Hawaii is now on alert for a unsafe hurricane forecast to pass south of the islands at midweek.

NHC also said that Hector was about to cross into the central Pacific basin as a Category 4 storm.

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Hurricane Hector's current trajectory puts the hurricane on a virtual collision course with Kilauea on the southern part of the island.

Rain: Rains from the deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector could affect the Puna and Kau Districts of Hawaii Island, and some of those rain showers may be locally heavy at times, especially on east and southeast-facing slopes.

Scientists differ on how a hurricane could affect the volcano, but some say the low atmospheric pressure could help trigger eruptions.

Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 miles from South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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