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  •  Hurricane Hector has maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour.

    Hurricane Hector has maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour. | Photo: NOAA

Published 6 August 2018

Forecasters expect Hurricane Hector to sweep the southern coast of Hawaii's Big Island late Wednesday morning.

A newly invigorated Category 4 Hurricane Hector is making its way to Hawaii, managing to gain strength Sunday as it moved towards the North American islands.

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The National Hurricane Center reported that the storm was moving about 13 miles per hour and located a little over 1,100 miles off Hawaii's south coast late Sunday afternoon and no warnings or watches had been issued at the time.

Forecasters expect Hurricane Hector – which has maximum sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour – to remain on that trajectory over the next few days. The storm is projected to sweep the southern coast of Hawaii's Big Island late Wednesday morning.

Since May, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been erupting following 5.4-magnitude and 6.9-magnitude earthquakes. So far, the lava has covered some 9.6 square miles or 6,144 acres. Recently, almost two dozen people on a tour boat were injured by debris from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.

The Atlantic has not had a named storm since July 15 for the first time since 2009, according to meteorologist Philip Klotzbach. 


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