Friday, 17 August, 2018

Hurricane on track to skirt past Hawaii's erupting volcano

Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Hector hits Category 3
Doris Mccormick | 09 August, 2018, 03:05

Hurricane Hector was swirling harmlessly in the Pacific about 1,700 miles east of Big Island but it grew into a category three hurricane on Friday as its maximum sustained winds reached 120mph. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the storm's progress. It was centred about 1,525 miles (2,455 kilometres) east of Hilo, Hawaii and was moving towards the west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Deanna Marks, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service's Hilo office, told emergency workers this morning at Civil Defense headquarters in Hilo that there is a 33 percent chance Hector will bring tropical storm force winds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour to South Point.

However, forecasters still expect the storm to pass south of the Hawaiian Islands and gradually weaken over the next few days.

Hector is now about 1,130 miles (1,820km) east of South Point, Hawaii, and is forecast to cross into the central Pacific today.

Hurricane Hector picked up strength as it entered the Central Pacific Basin, according to forecasters.

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Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state. 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.

Hawaii's Big Island is preparing for a possible hurricane - while a volcano continues to erupt on its shore.

More than 700 homes and properties have been destroyed with thousands of people being forced to leave the area.

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.

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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