Tropical storm warning dropped as Hector passes south of Big Isle

Tropical storm warning dropped as Hector passes south of Big Isle

Hurricane Hector whirled toward Hawaii with 130 miles per hour winds, bringing the threat of unsafe sea swells on two islands in the U.S. archipelago state.

NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) noted today, August 8 that a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii County.

On its current track, the storm is forecast to pass south of Hawaii later today.

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A Category Four storm on the Saffir Simpson scale is capable of doing widespread major structural and infrastructure damage; it can easily tear off roofing, shatter windows, uproot palm trees and turn them into projectiles that can kill people. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area later today. Authorities in the Baja California resort of Los Cabos placed red flags on beaches in expectation of waves up to five metres high, said Carlos Alfredo Godinez Leon, a civil protection official. It was moving west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

The NHC said tropical-storm-force winds will extend up to 115mph and the "far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday". Large surf is also expected along east facing shores of Maui.

There are warnings of potentially high surf on southeast shores of Ka'u and Puna, located on the coastline of the Hawaii Volcanoes national Park. "The strongest winds are expected down the slope of the mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands, and through gaps". Risky rip currents will also be possible near the Big Island and Maui.

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