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Powerful Hurricane Hector continues to churn westward south-southeast of the Big Island

At 5:00 AM HST, the center of Hurricane Hector was located 240 miles SSE of Hilo, Hawaii. Hector is moving toward the west near 16 mph, and this motion is expected to continue through Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph with higher gusts. Hector is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. However, Hector will likely remain a powerful hurricane through Thursday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii County. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area later today.

SURF: Swells generated by Hector will likely produce large and dangerous surf along southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island today. Large surf is also expected along east facing shores of Maui.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected across portions of the Big Island later today as the core of Hector passes to the south. The strongest winds are expected downslope from mountain, across elevated terrain, over headlands, and through gaps.

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