Hector ducks south of Hawaii, may lash Johnston Island

Hector ducks south of Hawaii, may lash Johnston Island

A high surf warning has been issued for east shores of the Big Island in anticipation of the impacts of Hurricane Hector.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 miles per hour (205 kph) with higher gusts.

Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km). Slight weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

A tropical storm warning was in place Wednesday for the Big Island with gusty winds, rain and risky surf possible.

Hawaii County officials are urging residents to secure loose items and be prepared for changing conditions and a tropical storm warning has been issued by the state. It was centered about 1,135 miles (1,825 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula and it was moving toward the west at 14 mph (22 kph).

"Hazardous conditions can occur outside of the cone", the weather service added.

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The Mayor's office has issued an emergency proclamation for Hawaii Island.

Surf along east facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12-15 feet for the Big Island and 6-10 feet for Maui County.

"The strongest winds are expected downslope from mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands and through gaps".

"Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Big Island on Wednesday as the core of Hector passes to south".

"Any impacts from Hector will be highly dependent on its track and intensity".