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Hector strengthens to category 4 hurricane, forecast to pass south of Hawaii, public urged to prepare

Hurricane Hector will move into the Central Pacific basin over the next few hours with the current forecast track keeping the center of Hector just south of Hawaii Island. However, hurricane impacts extend beyond the center of the low, and the average track errors of the hurricane this far out are up to 150 miles on either side of the forecast track. Hector will move into the local region around Hawaii from Tuesday night into Thursday.

Weather impacts for each island remain highly dependent on the hurricane intensity and track. Much of the local weather impacts will need to wait until the hurricane gets closer to the islands, as slight track changes over time can produce larger than normal forecast differences. For now, we continue to forecast numerous rain showers moving into the eastern side of Hawaii Island by Wednesday morning, as deeper tropical moisture enhances showers along the eastern slopes of Maunakea and Maunaloa. Please continue to closely monitor this major hurricane as it moves closer to the state. Tune in to your favorite TV and radio stations, or go online to find the latest official forecasts produced by local Meteorologists from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center at weather.gov/cphc with local weather impacts at weather.gov/hawaii as they become available.

The National Weather Service encourages everyone to review their hurricane preparedness plans. A guide for hurricane preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. The State of Hawaii and each county also have preparedness information specific to the islands.

Friday through Sunday, Hector will exit the region, and we will return to a stable and mostly dry trade wind weather pattern. Scattered showers will tend to favor windward and mountain slopes through next weekend.

Hawaii County is preparing for the approach of Hurricane Hector

The County of Hawaii is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Hector in the Central Pacific region later this week.

County, Federal and State agencies, along with private entities, met on Sunday at the Civil Defense Agency’s Emergency Operations Center for an orientation briefing.

Mayor Harry Kim said the session was aimed at getting staff familiar with the background regarding the storm, which was approaching the 140-degree longitude boundary into the Central Pacific.

According to the National Weather Service, the earliest reasonable onset of effects on Hawaii Island will be sometime on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Civil Defense will keep the community informed through regular updates.

Hurricane Hector: Public urged to prepare over the weekend

HONOLULU — National Weather Service (NWS) is issuing advisories on Hurricane Hector, located about 1770 miles east-southeast of Hilo. Based on the latest forecast, Hector is expected to move into the Central Pacific late Sunday.

“Hector is our first hurricane this year. We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide,” said Tom Travis, Administrator of Emergency Management.

HI-EMA recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:

  • Prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water, and other supplies.
  • Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding of what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
  • Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards. Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
  • Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
  • Sign up for local notification systems (i.e., HNL.Info).
  • Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems. Remove and secure loose items. Keep your car gas tanks filled.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget 14 days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Secure your important documents in protective containers.
  • Visitors should download GoHawaii App and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at www.travelsmarthawaii.com.
  • Build an emergency kit – now.
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