Major Hurricane Hector Marches Westward Toward Hawaii
Impact to Hawaii Still Uncertain At This Time
Sunday, August 5, 2018 10:57:00 AM -05:00
Hector Reaches Category 4 Strength Before Weakening Back to Category 3
Hurricane Hector briefly reached Category 4 strength as it continued its westward march towards Hawaii, but quickly weakened back to Category 3. Forecasters say Hector will remain at Category 3 strength for the next two days but further weakening is possible after Monday. As of Sunday, August 5th at 8AM PDT, Hector was located near 14.4N, 136.9W about 1280 miles east of the southern tip of Hawaii. The storm is on a westward track moving at 12 mph.
The National Hurricane Center says that the storm may track slightly northward before becoming locked in a westward track as it passes to the south of the Hawaii islands. Forecasters said, "While the official forecast track continues to lie south of the Hawaiian Islands, it is too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges. This remains a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place."
Recommendations for Contact Centers
No tropical storm or hurricane watches or warnings are in effect for any U.S. interests at this time. However, interests in Hawaii have been advised to pay close attention to the storm and review their hurricane plans. ContactRelief believes that active preparations for the storm, if any, will begin on Monday. Contact centers worried about a potential impact to Hawaii have 24-30 hours before consumers begin these preparations and should amplify contact today before futher contact is unadvisable as consumers begin their 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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