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Hurricane Hector Expected to Produce High Surf on East-Facing Shores

August 6, 2018, 12:25 PM HST
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The National Weather Service (NWS) briefed Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), local emergency management and civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2018, about Hurricane Hector, which has reached Category 4 strength.

Hurricane Hector. Times reported in PDT not Hawai‘i Standard Time.

The center of the system is currently located approximately 850 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west at 15 mph. Forecasters expect Hector to move west-northwest for the next two days. However, the exact timing of the anticipated turn is somewhat uncertain at this stage.

High surf is expected to impact east-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island and East Maui, with heights building today through Tuesday and peaking Tuesday night. Surf may reach 15 to 20 feet.

HI-EMA and its partners continue to closely monitor the storm, and recommend the following precautions to the public as Hector remains in the Central Pacific:

Listen to ocean safety officials and exercise caution if entering the water as high surf messages are issued.

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Read the Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual for recommended precautions to protect your boat prior to a storm.     

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