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Hawaii Maui A beach in Maui Hawaii where Hector is not currently expected to create widespread problems
Sandy Nunez | 08 August, 2018, 19:57

Sub-tropical Storm Debby was heading north at 15mph on Tuesday evening, with maximum force winds of 40mph, but it is expected to dissipate before the week is out. The storm is southeast of Newfoundland and moving north at 16 miles per hour.

The center of the storm will pass between 100 and 150 miles south of South Point sometime during the day on Wednesday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

Any deviation northward could bring Hector close enough to impact the Big Island.

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Swells from Hector will produce surf heights from 12 to 15 feet on east-facing shores mainly for the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Both are in effect from noon Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. Higher than usual tides will combine with the large surf to cause coastal inundation. The National Hurricane Center said it was likely to peak as a Category 3 hurricane before starting to weaken and turn out to sea as it passes west of the Baja California Peninsula late in the week. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The cloud pattern of Debby this morning is definitely typical of a tropical cyclone instead of a subtropical system with moderate convection wrapping around the center, and a well defined upper-level outflow in the eastern semicircle", forecasters said.