Category 4 Hurricane Hector likely to miss Hawaii

Satellite imagery of Hector at 5:30 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NOAA  NHC

"We continue 24-hour operation to monitor the eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone and the hurricane", Kim's office said in a statement, referring to both the storm and the erupting Kilauea volcano.

She said on Sunday morning: "The track of the hurricane still has the centre passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time".

The Hawaii Coast Guard has set a port condition of "WHISKEY" due to the impending storm, during which time commercial traffic and transfer operations are allowed to continue.

Two other tropical storms are also spinning in the Pacific: Ileana and John.

The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Hector as of 5 a.m. today.

The US National Hurricane Centre is urging people in Hawaii to prepare for its arrival in the coming days.

On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain.

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Hurricane-force winds expected up to 30 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical storm-force winds reach up to 105 miles from the center.

A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves.

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

So far, lava from Kilauea volcano destroyed buildings and homes causing thousands to evacuate nearby areas, but in mid-July, a lava bomb from the volcano hit a nearby boat and injured 23 people.

Over the next few days, Hector is expected to gradually weaken.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea.

Though the center of the hurricane will likely miss Hawaii, heavy rain from the storm is likely to pelt portions of the Big Island.

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