Hurricane Hector set to pass south of Hawaii

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf.

On Monday, Hector's maximum sustained winds peaked at an estimated 155 miles per hour, just shy of Category 5 intensity, making it the strongest central Pacific hurricane since Ioke in 2006, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach. The fourth storm of the season formed around 11am today about 1,000 miles west of the Azores, but it poses little threat to anything but fish.

Hurricane Hector, while at Category 3 intensity will pass south of Hawaii today into early Thursday, with only some periphery effects expected in the islands.

High rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector is predicted to affect the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state. It was located about 470 miles east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii. The storm is relatively weak, far away and is not a threat to the Cayman Islands.

That left three disturbances in the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Strom Ileana formed near Manzanillo on Monday but has now been absorbed by the much larger Hurricane John, while the newly formed Tropical Storm Kristy is roughly halfway between Cabo and Hawaii.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.

More than two months into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the forecasters' predictions of a quiet year appear to be accurate.

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