Monday, 10 December, 2018

Hurricane Hector carrying 205 kmph winds westward across Pacific Ocean

Satellite imagery of Hector at 5:30 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NOAA  NHC Satellite imagery of Hector at 5:30 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NOAA NHC
Theresa Hayes | 08 August, 2018, 23:28

"Hector is our first hurricane this year", said Tom Travis, administrator of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in a statement to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. The center of Hector will pass just south of the Big Island by about 150 to 200 miles, close enough to the Big Island to bring enhanced showers and thunderstorms and gusty winds.

On the current forecast track, the center of Hector is slated to pass about 150 miles south of the Big Island by Wednesday afternoon, and about 300 miles south of Oahu by Wednesday night.

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.

After Monday, the storm is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 or 1 hurricane.

While the latest eruptions started in May, the volcano has spewed lava since the 1980s, becoming a major tourist destination even as it threatened nearby residents.

Some predictions put the storm on a virtual collision course with the Kilauea Volcano on the southern part of the island.

Two other tropical storms are also spinning in the Pacific: Ileana and John. We introduced some elevated precipitation chances over the eastern slopes of the Big Island from Wednesday into Thursday as deep tropical moisture will likely move up the slopes of Maunakea and Maunaloa producing enhanced rainfall activity.

The hurricane is moving about 14 miles per hour with wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Scientists differ on how a hurricane could affect the volcano, but some say the low atmospheric pressure could help trigger eruptions.

"It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands".