Category 3 Hurricane Hector roars in Pacific far from land

Category 3 Hurricane Hector roars in Pacific far from land

Category 3 Hurricane Hector roars in Pacific far from land

Hurricane Hector was swirling harmlessly in the Pacific about 1,700 miles east of Big Island but it grew into a category three hurricane on Friday as its maximum sustained winds reached 120mph.

The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Hector as of 5 a.m. today. Forecasters say tropical-storm-force winds could affect the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday.

"The track of the hurricane still has the center passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time", Brink said Sunday morning".

The Hawaii Coast Guard has set a port condition of "WHISKEY" due to the impending storm, during which time commercial traffic and transfer operations are allowed to continue.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 miles per hour (220 km/h) with higher gusts.

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"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in a statement to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Hector will bring increased surf and a high risk for risky rip currents to east- and south-facing beaches of the southernmost islands, especially the Big Island and Maui during next week. Any deviation northward could bring Hector close enough to impact the Big Island.

The US National Hurricane Centre is urging people in Hawaii to prepare for its arrival in the coming days. 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 is in effect Monday for waters south of the Big Island.

The eruptions have displaced thousands of residents, damaged roads and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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