Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane Hector Hurdles Toward Hawaii and Still-Erupting Kilauea Volcano

Hurricane Hector Hurdles Toward Hawaii and Still-Erupting Kilauea Volcano

Earlier in the day, the center downgraded Hector to a Category 3 storm and it's expected to continue losing steam over the next couple of days.

Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea. Hector related weather forecast impacts for other islands will need to wait until the time period gets closer.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ileana had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was centered about 165 miles (265 kilometers) south-southwest of Puerto Escondido.

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

The Center said high surf and rip currents will be the main threat on beaches and some bands of heavier rain would hit the islands.

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days.", the National Hurricane Center said.

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

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea. 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.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Hawaii Island, which means tropical storm conditions are possible for the area within a 48-hour time period. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

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