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

The Hawaiian Islands were placed on alert as Hector inched toward the central Pacific with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.

Hector is about 1360 miles (2190 kilometers) east of South Point, Hawaii, and is forecast to cross into the central Pacific by Sunday night or early Monday. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause unsafe rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches.

Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 miles from South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days".

Scientists differ over how hurricanes and volcanoes might interact, including the question of whether low atmospheric pressure from a major cyclone could help trigger an eruption, and much remains unknown on the subject.

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

A powerful hurricane is on course to collide with an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island within days, forecasters have said.

"This is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place".

The hurricane's potential close pass of the Big Island comes as the state is still dealing with the ongoing issues from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May 3.

At 11 p.m. HST on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located 1325 miles ESE of Hilo and 1440 miles ESE of Kahului, Maui, near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 135.7 West.

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

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