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A Hurricane Could Collide With Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano

A Hurricane Could Collide With Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane poses no short-term threat to land.

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

Hector is about 1360 miles (2190 kilometers) east of South Point, Hawaii, and is forecast to cross into the central Pacific by Sunday night or early Monday.

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days". 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. Forecasters warned late Sunday a slight deviation of its path to the north would significantly increase potential impacts to the state of Hawaii.




The National Hurricane Center put Hector about 1,130 miles southeast of Hawaii's Big Island and its hurricane force winds stretched 30 miles out from its center with tropical force winds of 74 mph extending out 105 miles, the NHC said. "Now is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place", it said.

Hector is on a trajectory that would see it hit the southern coast of Big Island on Wednesday morning - putting it on a collision course with Kilauea on the southern part of the island.

The forecast track for Hurricane Hector.

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. "We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide", Tom Travis, the state's emergency management administrator, said in a statement. Lava from the volcano has destroyed more than 700 structures, including residences, since eruptions began in May.