Hurricane Hector Hurdles Toward Hawaii and Still-Erupting Kilauea Volcano


"Far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island Wednesday", forecasters said in an update.

Hector will bring increased surf and a high risk for risky rip currents to east- and south-facing beaches of the southernmost islands, especially the Big Island and Maui during next week.

Hawaii emergency officials are keeping track of a hurricane that's expected to pass to the south of the islands this week.

After Monday, the storm is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 or 1 hurricane.

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Hector has entered the Central Pacific as a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with increased forward movement near 15 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the storm's progress. The ridge is forecast to strengthen north of the Hawaiian Islands by mid-week which should cause the hurricane to move on a general westward track throughout most of the remainder of the forecast period.

Forecast models show the storm passing near the island to the south Wednesday. "Gusty winds, rough surf, coastal flooding, and rip currents can be expected", the NWS said on Twitter.

County, federal and state agencies, along with private entities, met on Sunday at the Civil Defense Agency's Emergency Operations Center for an orientation briefing.

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Some residents on the Big Island of Hawaii have already endured a wild year due to the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

The Hawaiian Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea.

Though the center of the hurricane will likely miss Hawaii, heavy rain from the storm is likely to pelt portions of the Big Island.

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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.