Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
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County Preparing for Hurricane Hector

County Preparing for Hurricane Hector

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 138.6 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days with some increase in forward speed.

Two of Mother Nature's most potentially devastating forces - a major hurricane and an erupting volcano - appear headed for a close encounter on Hawaii's Big Island next week, weather forecasters said on Friday.

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 storm was about 1,390 miles southeast of the Hawaiian islands on Sunday and should cross into the central Pacific ocean by Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

Hector is expected to gradually weaken during the next few days.

While there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the NHC said that people on the Hawaiian islands should keep an eye on the storm.

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

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Remember that the forecast track and intensity can and will change.

Officials urge that residents prepare an action plan if they need to shelter in place or evacuate their homes, and have an emergency kit with a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies. The United States Geological Survey said Saturday that the volcano is still sending large amounts of lava into the sea.

The eruptions have displaced thousands of residents, damaged roads and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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