National weather forecast for Sunday, 5 August
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Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific ocean on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea.
The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that Hurricane Hector is a “strong” category 3 storm with a constant wind of 125 km / h and is moving west at 12 km / h. The storm is located about 1,360 kilometres south-east of South Point, Hawaii, located on the Big Island.
“Interests in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Hector,” the NHC said.
Hector is expected to be by the move of the west and a slight increase of the speed in the next few days.
Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 km of South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.
“Slow weakening is forecast in the coming days. However, Hector is expected to still be a major hurricane when it moves into the central Pacific basin,” according to the NHC.
Hurricane-force winds expected up to 30 km from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm-wind power may reach up to 105 km from the city centre. Forecast models have Hector along to the south of the Hawaiian islands from Wednesday to Thursday, according to KHON.
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Although there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, the NHC said that the people on the Hawaiian islands need to keep an eye on the storm. On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector closer to the island chain.
The forecast track for Hurricane Hector.
“Hector is our first hurricane of this year. We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to at the weekend to prepare their homes and families for the impact that can be felt throughout the state, Tom, Theo, the state’s administrator of emergency management, said in a statement.
Officials advise residents to develop an action plan if they need to shelter or evacuate their homes, and have an emergency kit with a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies.
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The hurricane has the potential of close passing of the Big Island comes as the state is still dealing with the ongoing problems of the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which is spewing lava since May 3. The United States Geological Survey said Saturday that the volcano is still sending large amounts of lava into the sea.
Kilauea #LERZ update: crack 8 glowing lava at the surface of ~2.8 mi from the vent; lava flows under the crust to the Kapoho Crater area; the clay-outs at the ocean entry; Pohoiki boat ramp intact this morning. https://t.co/EQna9gSKw3 pic.twitter.com/a68zWQBfy4
— USGS Volcanoes? (@USGSVolcanoes) August 4, 2018
An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed by the volcano, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced. A man was injured in the weeks after the eruption began, and another 23 people injured July 16, when the lava entered the ocean and exploded on a canal boat.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed