Friday, 22 February, 2019

Hawaii braces for Category 3 hurricane

Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Hector hits Category 3
Sandy Nunez | 08 August, 2018, 18:58

The storm is expected to pass the southernmost point of the Big Island on Wednesday morning.

The hurricane, which was upgraded to a Category 4 storm late Sunday night by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), is carrying sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour, with hurricane force winds extending 30 miles from its center.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs.

So far, lava from Kilauea volcano destroyed buildings and homes causing thousands to evacuate nearby areas, but in mid-July, a lava bomb from the volcano hit a nearby boat and injured 23 people.

Scientists say a helicopter overflight on Monday confirms a significant reduction in lava output from a fissure in a Big Island community where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3.

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Luckily, no major damage was caused as Stuart Broad, who was also present at the venue, recorded the entire incident. After completing the Test match on the fourth day, the England players were given an off day yesterday.

According to geologist Janet Babb, of the US Geological Survey, that surpassed eruptions from the lower zone of several weeks and 88 days recorded in 1840 and 1955 respectively.

Hawaii residents have now been urged to take precaution and prepare for the oncoming storm, with Hurricane Hector expected to hit this week.

Forecasters also said Hector is expected to maintain major hurricane strength for the next two to three days, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reports.

Hurricane Hector will continue to churn out in the Pacific and could reach Hawaii as early as Wednesday although, by that time, it should start to weaken. It was centered about 1,525 miles (2,455 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii and was moving toward the west at 12 mph (19 kph).

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said while Hector is heading in Big Island 's general direction, it's too early to tell if it's on a collision course with the volcano. "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands".