Hector hits Category 3

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The system is expected to cross into the Central Pacific tonight or early Monday, and cross through the Hawaiʻi region around Wednesday. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause risky rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches. "Hector will likely clear the region by Friday, with typical summertime trade wind weather heading into next weekend".

Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days".

Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days.

According to geologist Janet Babb, of the US Geological Survey, that surpassed eruptions from the lower zone of several weeks and 88 days recorded in 1840 and 1955 respectively.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

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The estimated minimum central pressure is 957 mb (28.26 inches).

The storm was about 1,390 miles southeast of the Hawaiian islands, and it was uncertain if it would hit or just brush by the southern edge of the Big Island by Wednesday, said a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland.

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

The Category 3 hurricane was centered about 1,360 miles (2,190 kilometers) east of South Point, Hawaii, early Sunday and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Storms of that strength, classified as a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, are considered capable of causing devastating damage to populated areas.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, Hector was packing winds near 120 miles per hour with higher gusts after quickly gaining strength over the course of the day Friday.