Hurricane Hector: Category 4 storm heads toward Hawaii, forecast, path, track today

Hurricane Hector updated track as of 5 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NHC  NOAA

Hurricane Hector updated track as of 5 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NHC NOAA

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.

Hurricane Hector is on track to hit the Big Island of Hawaii according to CNN.

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

Hector was a Category 3 storm early Sunday as it churned toward the Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago that includes the Big Island.

Hector is expected to hit Hawaii's Big Island late on Wednesday morning.

On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain.

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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.

Mayor Harry Kim says officials are preparing for whatever nature brings.

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 current Kilauea lava flow from one of about two dozen volcanic fissures that opened in the ground has been going on for 93 days, making the longest non-stop eruption on record from Kilauea's lower East Rift zone. Unfortunately, Hector remains too far away to predict if it will directly impact the state or pass to the south, as average track errors are still around 200 miles this many days out.

Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 miles from South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lava from the volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures, including residences, since eruptions began in May.

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