Hurricane Hector expected to miss Hawaii as it strengthens

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A satellite image, supplied by the US National Weather Service, shows Hurricane Hector, a category four, as it moves towards the south of Hawaii. It was moving west at 15 miles per hour.

Hector has entered the Central Pacific as a Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with increased forward movement near 15 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasts that Hector will continue to travel toward the WNW at an increased forward speed through Tuesday, followed by a westward motion Tuesday night through Friday.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect but the center said the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the hurricane's progress.

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The NHC forecast gradual weakening on Monday night through to Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 100 miles.

"The track of the hurricane still has the center passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time", Brink said Sunday morning".

The hurricane is now forecast to pass the south of Hawaii on Wednesday. "Now is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place", it said.

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CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said while Hector is heading in Big Island 's general direction, it's too early to tell if it's on a collision course with the volcano.

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

The hurricane's potential close pass of the Big Island comes as the state is still dealing with the ongoing issues from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, which has been spewing lava since May 3.

An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed by the volcano, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced.

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