Hawaii volcano eruption: Hurricane Hector approach sparks safety fears for lava evacuees

Friday, August 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

THE impending arrival of Hurricane Hector next week is likely to make life even more difficult for residents of Hawaii’s Big Island as they cope with the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, with winds in excess of 110mph a possibility.

Fri, Aug 3, 2018

Facebook users have voiced concern about the safety of anyone evacuated from the path of the lava flows who is still living in tents, should the worst happen.

Islanders are battening down the hatches as the storm heads in their direction, with the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicting it will cross into the Central Pacific region by Sunday.

As of today, Hector was downgraded to a Category 1 storm – but forecasters still predict it will become a category 3 hurricane by Sunday morning.

Latest NHC reports suggest Hector is 1,375 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California – and 1,780 miles east of Big Island’s capital, Hilo.

The National Weather Service yesterday tweeted: “Hurricane Hector is expected to become a major hurricane (winds 111 mph or greater) tonight or tomorrow.

“Movement is currently to the west at 14mph.”

Hurricane-force winds are extending outward up to 15 miles from the centre, with tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

If the hurricane maintains its current track, it will be about 600 miles southeast of Big Island by Tuesday.

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