Hector Coordination Continues Between Emergency Management Partners
Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), local emergency management and civil defense agencies, and federal and state partners continue coordination efforts with the National Weather Service (NWS) for Hurricane Hector.
Coordination efforts included a briefing from NWS on expected impacts and track of Hector and discussion of current and planned actions by the local and state emergency management agencies.
The NWS said as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the center of Hector, which is still measuring as a Category 4 hurricane (maximum sustained winds of 113 to 136 mph), is 495 miles southeast of Hilo moving west at 16 mph. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Hawai‘i County.
Surf along east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, Aug. 7, 2018, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island and 6 to 10 feet for Maui County.
Hector is expected to pass approximately 165 miles south on Wednesday.
Hawai‘i residents and visitors are asked to take the following precautions:
- Continue to follow local reports for the latest information on Hector
- Be aware of flood safety recommendations, tips can be found at floodsmart.gov
- Listen to ocean safety officials and exercise caution if entering the water as high surf messages are issued