Hurricane Hector to skirt south of Hawaii as it weakens

Hurricane Hector Hawaii travel warning Big Island

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

The center of Hector was projected to pass a few hundred miles south of Oahu and Kauai through early Thursday, the CPHC said.

Hurricane Hector has maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph) with stronger gusts possible.

Hawaii County officials declared a precautionary state of emergency ahead of the storm.

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According to Hawaii News Now, a high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves and for east-facing shores of Maui for six to 10 feet surf in effect from 6 pm Wednesday. It was moving west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

An uptick in squalls, locally heavy rain, brief gusty winds, heavy seas and surf may occur on the islands through the latter part of the week, AccuWeather reported.

The tropical storm warning for the Big Island has been canceled, as Hurricane Hector passes south of the island as a strong Category 3 hurricane. Unsafe rip currents will also be possible near the Big Island and Maui.

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