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Hurricane Hector strengthens to Category 4 storm

Hurricane Hector strengthens to Category 4 storm

The hurricane is moving westward or 275/10 kt. west-northwestward motion is expected over the next day or so as Hector is steered by a deep-layer ridge to its north.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, in a press release on Friday.

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

On the forecast track, Hector will cross into the central Pacific basin Sunday night.

The National Weather Service says, "though it is still a bit too early to determine precise impacts on island weather for the middle of the week as much will depend on track and intensity of the system". "It is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place".

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

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Forecast models show the storm passing near the island to the south Wednesday.

According to the latest update, Hector was about 1,525 miles east of Hilo.

Hurricane Hector is on track to hit the Big Island of Hawaii according to CNN.

Hawaii's Big Island already is dealing with another natural disaster - the eruption of Kilauea Volcano in the southeast. The United States Geological Survey said Saturday that the volcano is still sending large amounts of lava into the sea.

Hurricane Hector will continue to churn out in the Pacific and could reach Hawaii as early as Wednesday although, by that time, it should start to weaken. Lava from the volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures, including residences, since eruptions began in May.


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