Forecast: Parts of Big Island to feel effects from Hurricane Hector

Forecast: Parts of Big Island to feel effects from Hurricane Hector

At 5 a.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Hector was located 240 miles SSE of Hilo, Hawaii and is moving west near 16 mph.

This same general motion is expected to continue through Thursday evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph with higher gusts.

Hector is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. However, Hector will likely remain a powerful and dangerous hurricane through Thursday.

Most of the islands will have dry and locally breezy trade wind weather tonight and Wednesday. There will be some low clouds and light showers focusing primarily over windward and mauka areas.

Hurricane Hector will bring an increase in winds and rain to windward and southeastern portions of the Big Island. Any impacts from Hector for other islands will be highly dependent on its track and intensity.

Wet trade wind weather is expected to develop statewide Wednesday night, then continue through Thursday night.

Drier conditions will then develop from southeast to northwest across the island chain on Friday.

A drier and more typical trade wind pattern is then expected to resume Friday night through early next week.

Surf is elevated all around Oahu. Waves today will be 3-6 feet south, 3-5 feet north and east, 2-4 feet west.

High surf warning east shores of Hawaii Island.

High surf advisory east shores of Maui Island.

Tropical storm warning for the Island of Hawaii and its coastal waters south and west.

Gale warning for Pailolo and Alenuihaha channels, along with Maalaea Bay.

Small craft advisory for all other Hawaii waters.

Hurricane warning for waters 40-240 NM offshore.

Wind advisorty for Lanai

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