Hurricane Hector eyes Hawaii volcano

08 August, 2018, 18:56 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • A satellite image supplied by the US National Weather Service shows Hurricane Hector a category four as it moves towards the south of Hawaii

The hurricane is swirling around in the northern Pacific, threatening to hit Hawaii's Big Island and possibly its active volcano, on Wednesday.

As of 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Hector was located about 1,130 miles east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph moving west at 14 mph.

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

The volcano is in the middle of a three-month eruption of lava which has been spewing since May and has covered 13.4 square miles of the island's surface.

Scientists say a helicopter overflight on Monday confirms a significant reduction in lava output from a fissure in a Big Island community where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3.

Even though the hurricane should hopefully pass just south of Hawaii, state officials are warning residents to exercise caution.

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A strengthening Hurricane Hector continued heading for the central Pacific as a Category 4 storm. The system is now centered roughly 1300 miles east- southeast of Hilo moving toward the west. Hector will cross into the central Pacific basin tonight or early Monday.

A graphic made by the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Hector's projected track as of 5 a.m. ET on August 6, 2018. It was projected to gradually weaken while still remaining a hurricane over the next several days.

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

"We continue 24-hour operation to monitor the eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone and the hurricane", Kim's office said in a statement, referring to both the storm and the erupting Kilauea volcano.

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

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