Hurricane Hector crossed the Pacific from east to west, grazing the southern coast of Hawaii but doing no harm.
Early in the week it looked like Hector might be zeroing in on Hawaii.
The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Hawaii’s Big Island on August 8, predicting the possibility of high surf, locally heavy rain and tropical-storm force winds.
As the week progressed and the storm veered south, island residents realized that they could relax.
Hector was a Category 4 storm as it approached Hawaii on August 8, then fell to a Category 3 storm as it swept past the southern coast on August 9.
#Hector is still a powerful Category 3 #hurricane barreling through the Central Pacific. Latest infrared view from #GOES15 shows the storm skirting south of #Hawaii's Big Island today. More hurricane imagery: https://t.co/HsvWAWBNbO pic.twitter.com/U40t6kP0JF
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 8, 2018
At its peak the storm reached wind speeds of 140 mph. However, it reduced in intensity as it passed south of Hawaii, being barely strong enough to create storm surge along the islands’ beaches.
#GOES15 got a nice view of major #hurricane #Hector continuing its westward trek through the Pacific this morning. The storm is now well south of #Hawaii – but check out that eye! More: https://t.co/HsvWAWTo3m pic.twitter.com/ec21YIYr3x
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 9, 2018
After the circular storm passed the islands, it increased in intensity back to Category 4, with wind speeds increasing up to 130 mph, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
#Hurricane #Hector intensified back to a Category 4 storm in the Pacific with winds of 130 mph. In this infrared imagery we can see intense convection. More hurricane imagery: https://t.co/HsvWAWBNbO pic.twitter.com/2XKbtgW2ZD
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 10, 2018
Hurricane Hector could have brought damage and destruction to the Hawaiian islands.
Instead, the storm veered and weakened at the right time so as not to impact the normal order of things within the archipelago.
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