Updated: 8/10/2018 7:43:18 AM
Hurricane Hector continues its march south of the state, pushing up surf and contributing to wet weather in some spots.
At 5 p.m. Thursday, the major Category 3 storm had gained some strength, packing maximum sustained winds near 125 mph with higher gusts.
On its current track, Hector is churning west and poses no significant threat to the main Hawaiian Islands. It's expected to pass about 100 to 200 miles north of Johnston Island late Friday.
In addition, a swell generated by the storm is bringing dangerously large surf to south shores. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for south-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui until 6 a.m. Friday.
Lifeguards rescued more than 90 people from waters off Oahu's South Shore on Thursday, as a swell generated by Hurricane Hector created "extremely dangerous" conditions for even experienced oceangoers.
As of about 4 p.m., at least 63 people had to be rescued from waters off Waikiki while 715 were given warnings to prevent them from getting into trouble.
In Ala Moana, there were at least 29 rescues and 320 "preventive actions."
And off East Oahu, at Sandy and Makapuu beaches, there were 225 preventive actions and two rescues.
Among those rescued in Waikiki was a 16-year-old girl who was hit by a wave while playing in the surf and experienced trouble breathing. Paramedics responded, took over treatment from lifeguards and transported her to a hospital in serious condition.
Rescuers described the ocean conditions as chaotic, and said it's not like anything they'd seen in years.
"The currents are extremely dangerous," said Ocean Safety Capt. Paul Merino. "Dangerous as we haven't seen in many, many years."
Updated: 8/9/2018 2:54:51 AM
Hector, still a major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, was passing safely south of the Hawaiian islands this afternoon.
Hector was centered about 325 south-southeast of Honolulu and 235 miles south-southwest of Hilo and moving west at 16 mph, according to the 5 p.m. update from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Updated: 8/8/2018 1:46:55 AM
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Hawaii County as the powerful, Category 4 Hurricane Hector continues to move west, 370 miles east southeast of South Point, says bigislandvideonews.com.
The center of Hector is forecasted to pass 100 to 150 miles south of the Big Island during the day on Wednesday. With tropical-storm-force winds that extend outward up to 115 miles, the “far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday”, the National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center reported at 5 p.m.
Earlier today, Hawaii County Civil Defense said the following public safety measures and recommendations are in effect:
- Complete preparations before nightfall.
- Secure loose objects in your yard and prepare your house for strong winds.
- Boat owners should take measures to secure their vessels until the danger passes.
- Oceanfront residents are urged to be on alert for high and dangerous surf conditions.
- Be prepared as conditions can change rapidly!
Whittington, Punaluu, and Milolii Beach Parks are closed, county officials say. All pavilion and camping permits for these three parks have been cancelled through Friday.
Updated: 8/7/2018 2:01:35 AM
Hurricane Hector remains a powerful Category 4 hurricane in the central Pacific Ocean and, while expected to lose some intensity, is at least expected to brush by parts of Hawaii Wednesday.
Although the center of the storm will pass about 150 miles south of Hawaii, a tropical storm watch has been issued for the Big Island of Hawaii due to the possibility of tropical-storm-force winds brushing portions of that island Wednesday.
With maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, it is just shy of Category 5 intensity, which begins at 157 mph. That makes Hector the strongest central Pacific hurricane since Ioke in 2006, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.
A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area within a 48 hour time period. Forecasters say tropical storm force winds could affect the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The latest advisory, issued at 8 p.m. Monday, said Hector continued to pack maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, with occasional higher gusts.
Updated: 8/6/2018 2:40:11 AM
Hurricane Hector is strengthening in the Pacific Ocean as the storm moves towards Hawaii, the National Hurricane Center reported Sunday evening (Aug. 5).
The Category 4 storm was about 1,175 miles off the southern coast of Hawaii as of 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center. No coastal watches or warnings had been issued.
As of Sunday, Hector was moving west at 13 miles per hour and forecasters expect that movement to continue over the next few days. Maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour were measured Sunday, according to NHC.
Updated: 8/5/2018 4:45:55 AM
Hurricane Hector is currently located over the eastern Pacific and traveling westward. Hector strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday evening
Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
Hurricane "Hector," the 8th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season, formed August 1 and strengthened into a hurricane at 14:00 UTC on August 2. Just six hours later, this small storm became a strong Category 2 hurricane. By 03:00 UTC on August 4, Hector strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, making it the third major hurricane of the season.
At 09:00 UTC today, the center of Hurricane "Hector" was located 2 555 km
east of Hilo, Hawaii. Its maximum sustained winds were 195 km/h and minimum central pressure 962 hPa. Hector was moving west toward Hawaii at 19 km/h.
There is the potential for Hector to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands by the middle of next week, but it is too soon to specify the magnitude of any impacts or where they could occur.
"This is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place," NHC forecaster David Zelinsky said.
Hurricane Hector Facts
Affected Area: 200 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
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