Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

  • Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

Hurricane Hector maintained strength as a powerful Category 3 storm in the Eastern Pacific overnight as it continued moving closer to the Central Pacific.

"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, warned residents. The eye has become slightly less distinct this morning and recent microwave data suggest that an eyewall replacement cycle could be occurring.

The predicted path of Hurricane Hector.

The center of the storm was located about 1,360 miles east of South Point, Hawaii, as of the NHC's 2 a.m. PDT update. "This remains a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place".

This image shows how far from the center of the storm strong winds may be felt
This image shows how far from the center of the storm strong winds may be felt

Forecasters said the storm was moving west at about 12 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend. While all of the dynamical models are in agreement on the overall scenario there is a fairly typical amount of cross-track spread with the ECMWF along the southern edge of the guidance envelope and the HMON and GFS along the northern side. After that, gradual weakening is expected Monday night through Wednesday.

The full impact of Hurricane Hector on Hawaii is expected to be over by the weekend. "However, Hector is expected to still be a major hurricane when it moves into the central Pacific basin", the National Hurricane Center said. 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.

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".