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Hurricane Hector to skirt to the south of Hawaii as it weakens

HONOLULU – Hurricane Hector has weakened to a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (195 km) as it passes south of Hawaii’s Big Island.

A tropical storm warning was in place Wednesday for the Big Island with strong winds, rain and dangerous surf. High waves are expected on the eastern shores of Maui.

The eye of the storm is expected approximately 150 km south of the Big Island.

Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km).

The National Weather Service says the system will continue to weaken in the coming days as it moves westward.

Hawaii County officials declared a precautionary state of emergency before the storm.

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