Hurricane Hector Heading for Hawaii
ContactRelief recommends amplifying contact to Hawaii before disaster preperations begin
Friday, August 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM -05:00
Expected to Become a Major Hurricane This Weekend
Hurricane Hector continues to move towards Hawaii. Hector weakened slightly from Category 2 back to Category 1 in the last hours but is expected to reach major hurricane status over the weekend. At 1500 UTC, the hurricane's center was located at near 14.1N 128.8W moving towards the west at 10 kt.
On its current path, Hector will pass south of Hawaii. However, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say that "errors for the track have averaged near 100 nm on day 4 and 150 nm on day 5" putting the 5 day cone of probability uncomfortably close to Hawaii. As shown in the ContactRelief graphic above, the cone for the estimated time of arrival of tropical force winds (the outer region surrounding the 5-day cone of probability) has already crossed into the big island of Hawaii. This indicates a probablity, but not a certainty, that the island will experience tropical force winds next week should the forecast track prediction hold up.
Recommendations for Contact Centers
No tropical storm or hurricane watches or warnings are in effect for any U.S. interests at this time. However, contact centers that are concerned about a potential impact to Hawaii next week should use this opportunity to amplify contact to Hawaii before consumers are forced to begin potential disaster preparations.
The ContactRelief Disaster Decision Team will continue to monitor the storm's development and issue additional advisories as warranted.
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