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Heavy rain, high surf likely for Hawaii as Hector passes south of the state

Hector no longer poses a severe weather threat to the islands and this post will no longer be updated. Click here for the latest from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and click here for KHON2's latest weather forecast.

Hector has now passed south of Hawaii island.

While it is still a healthy hurricane with winds around the core at 115 mph, the overall presentation of Hector continues to diminish.

The storm is not as symmetrical and the eye is not as clear as it was 24 hours ago. Since the waters are sufficiently warm and wind shear remains low, this will be a weakening hurricane, but only gradually.

Much of the heavy rain is still wrapped around the core, but as it passes, Hector will draw up some tropical moisture initially over the Big Island and East Maui, then eventually over all islands Thursday and Friday. Showers will increase, and some may be heavy.


  • 16.7N 156.8W

Maximum Sustained Winds: 115 MPH...185 KM/H

Present Movement: W OR 275 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H

Minimum Central Pressure: 959 MB...28.32 INCHES

Discussion and Outlook:

At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Hector was located by radar near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 156.8 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this general motion
is expected to continue the next couple of days, with a turn toward the northwest expected over the weekend. On the forecast path, the center of Hector will pass several hundred miles south of the main
Hawaiian islands through early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Hector is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is forecast over the
next couple of days. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 959 mb (28.32 inches).

Hazards Affecting Land:

Surf: Swells generated by Hector will bring large and dangerous surf to portions of the main Hawaiian islands into Thursday. Surf heights near 20 feet were reported on the southeast side of the Big Island Wednesday afternoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a chance Hector could curve up north and hit the islands, like Iniki did in 1992?

Answer: The chance of that happening is highly unlikely. High pressure to the north of the state is preventing the storm from moving northward, which is why Hector has kept a westward track thus far. When Iniki approached, that high pressure system broke down, and a storm system near Kauai drew Iniki up from the south. That is unlikely to happen in this case, because there is no similar system near the islands at this time.

Are schools closed?

Answer: School closures are determined by school officials, after which the media and community are notified. There are no announced school closures at this time.

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