Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hurricane Hector tracks toward Hawaii

Hurricane Hector tracks toward Hawaii

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. The storm is located about 1,360 miles east of South Point, Hawaii, located on the Big Island.

Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days.

Hurricane Hector is gaining strength as it barrels through the Pacific - and could make landfall in Hawaii by the middle of the week.

Gradual weakening is forecast over the next few days.

Hurricane Hector is still churning closer to the Hawaiian islands on Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm to the southeast of Hawaii.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles, the National Hurricane Center said. Though it's not certain to make landfall, the NHC's cone of uncertainty shows the eye of the storm could hit the island's southernmost point.

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

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. On the forecast track, Hector will cross into the central Pacific basin tonight.

Lava spewed from Kilauea since May 3 has covered 13.4 square miles (34.7 sq km) of the island's surface, destroying more than 700 homes and displacing thousands of residents. One man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people were hurt July 16 when lava entering the ocean exploded onto a tour boat.

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