Hector hits Category 3

An Arial view of East Rift Kilauea Burn Zone though a wooded area of Leilani Estates on Hawaii's Big Island

An Arial view of East Rift Kilauea Burn Zone though a wooded area of Leilani Estates on Hawaii's Big Island

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said Hector is forecast to pass south of the Big Island around midweek, with the storm expected to clear the region by Friday.

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 US National Hurricane Centre is urging people in Hawaii to prepare for its arrival in the coming days.

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. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

Hawaii residents have now been urged to take precaution and prepare for the oncoming storm, with Hurricane Hector expected to hit this week.

A graphic made by the National Weather Service shows Hurricane Hector's projected track as of 5 a.m. ET on August 6, 2018. It was centered about 1,525 miles (2,455 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii and was moving toward the west at 12 mph (19 kph). "By 48 h, the hurricane is predicted to encounter some drier mid-level air which is forecast to cause gradual weakening after that time". "However, Hector is expected to still be a major hurricane when it moves into the central Pacific basin", according to the NHC.

It unclear whether it'll hit or just brush the southern edge of the Big Island by Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea. "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands".

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