Hurricane Hector Update, 07 August 2018

Accessed on 07 August 2018, 0356 UTC, Post #17384.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Here’s the latest update on Hurricane Hector, which is expected to pass south of Hawaii Island sometime on Wednesday.

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Monday, August 7 at 12:30 in the afternoon.

As of 11:30 am Tuesday, the center of Hurricane Hector was approximately 450 miles ESE of Hilo at latitude 16.4 N and longitude 149.1 W, moving west at approximately 16 miles per hour. Strongest sustained winds are estimated at 130 miles per hour with gusts up to 150 miles per hour.

High winds and high surf are expected tonight through Wednesday.

The following advisories have been issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center:

  • The County of Hawaii is under a Tropical Storm Watch. A tropical storm watch means damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible anytime within the next 48 hours.
  • As of 12 noon, a High Surf Warning is issued for east and southeast facing shores.

The following public safety measures and recommendations are now in effect:

  • Complete preparations before nightfall.
  • Secure loose objects in your yard and prepare your house for strong winds.
  • Boat owners should take measures to secure their vessels until the danger passes.
  • Oceanfront residents are urged to be on alert for high and dangerous surf conditions.
  • Be prepared as conditions can change rapidly!
  • More information on hurricane preparedness can be found here:

Whittington, Punaluu, and Milolii Beach Parks are closed. All pavilion and camping permits for these three parks have been cancelled through Friday.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts