Hector passing south of the Big Island, Tropical Storm Warning discontinued for Hawaii Island

At 1100 AM HST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.5 North, longitude 155.3 West. Hector is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday, with a gradual turn toward the northwest expected Friday and Saturday.

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. Slight weakening is forecast during 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 Tropical Storm Warning for Hawaii County has been discontinued.

LOCATION…16.5N 155.3W 

ABOUT 220 MI…355 KM S OF HILO HAWAII

ABOUT 370 MI…600 KM SSE OF HONOLULU HAWAII

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…115 MPH…185 KM/ 

PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 16 MPH…26 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…959 MB…28.32 INCHES