NASA sees major Hurricane Hector moving south of Hawaii

Hurricane Hector Hawaii travel warning Big Island

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.

At 11 a.m. EDT (5 a.m. HST/1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Hector was located near latitude 16.4 degrees north and longitude 153.9 degrees west.

Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km).

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Big Island as it passes Hawaii as a strong Category 4 storm.

Hector is moving west at 16mph, maximum sustained winds will reach near 125mph with higher gusts. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Hawaii County.

By Tuesday evening, Hector was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

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The CPHC noted swells and tropical storm conditions would affect the Big Island today, August 8.

Forecasters expect little significant change in Hector's strength in the coming days.

Interests on Johnston Island should monitor the progress of Hector.

According to Hawaii News Now, a high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves and for east-facing shores of Maui for six to 10 feet surf in effect from 6 pm Wednesday.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Big Island on Wednesday as the core of Hector passes to south". "However, very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island". Hector's strongest winds are confined to about 40 miles from the eye and are not expected to affect the island.

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