At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.1 North, longitude 147.8 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through Thursday. On the forecast track, Hector is expected to pass roughly 165 miles south of the Big Island of Hawaii on Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Hector is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km).
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Hawaii County
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the
progress of Hector.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu Hawaii.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF: Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui late today, likely becoming large and dangerous by late tonight and Wednesday.
WIND: Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii
County late tonight and Wednesday.
SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 540 MI…870 KM ESE OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 750 MI…1210 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…130 MPH…215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 16 MPH…26 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…947 MB…27.97 INCHES
Next intermediate advisory at 800 AM HST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM HST.