Hurricane Hector returns to Category 4 as it nears Hawaii

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER           The 5-day forecast con for Hurricane Hector as of 5 a.m. Friday

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER The 5-day forecast con for Hurricane Hector as of 5 a.m. Friday

Hurricane Hector regained strength in the eastern Pacific late on Sunday and swelled into a Category 4 storm again with sustained 140 miles per hour winds as it stayed on target to possibly hit Hawaii by midweek, officials said.

A satellite image, supplied by the US National Weather Service, shows Hurricane Hector, a category four, as it moves towards the south of Hawaii.

Hawaii's Big Island already is dealing with another natural disaster - the eruption of Kilauea Volcano in the southeast.

Meterologist James Spann said on Twitter that it was "too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges".

The County of Hawai'i reports that the county is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Hector in the Central Pacific region later this week.

Hector is expected to gradually weaken during the next few days.

Hector is on a trajectory that would see it hit the southern coast of Big Island on Wednesday morning - putting it on a collision course with Kilauea on the southern part of the island. It's not known yet if the island will be impacted. On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain. "Hector could also track farther north near Hawaii if its forward speed slows down".

Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. "We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide".

The eruptions have displaced thousands of residents, damaged roads and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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