Hurricane Hector 130 MPH WINDS Heads West Tropical Storm Watch Big Island of Hawaii
Hurricane Hector 130 MPH WINDS Heads West
Tropical Storm Watch Big Island of Hawaii
Hurricane Hector has weakened somewhat from its peak winds of 155 mph last night. It is still a formidable Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph. Hector has a well formed eye and seems to still be gaining some northern latitude this afternoon. However a turn to the west is due to happen soon and Hurricane Hector should still pass well south of the Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island of Hawaii lies further south than any of the other islands. It may experience the closest call of all the islands with eye passing about 120-150 miles south of the southernmost tip of the big island on Wednesday.
HURRICANE HECTOR SATELLITE
Here is the latest advisory from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center
...MAJOR HURRICANE HECTOR STEADILY MARCHING WESTWARD TO THE EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HAWAII... SUMMARY OF 800 AM HST...1800 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...16.3N 148.5W ABOUT 495 MI...795 KM ESE OF HILO HAWAII ABOUT 705 MI...1135 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 280 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...947 MB...27.97 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * Hawaii County A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours. Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Hector. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu Hawaii. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 800 AM HST (1800 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.3 North, longitude 148.5 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Hector is expected to pass less than 200 miles south of the Big Island on Wednesday. Remember, the effects of a hurricane are far-reaching and can extend well away from the center. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Hector is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 947 mb (27.97 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- SURF: Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui late today, likely becoming large and dangerous by late tonight and Wednesday. WIND: Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii County late tonight and Wednesday.
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