Hurricane Hector will pass south of the U.S. state of Hawaii tomorrow with the main impacts being rough surf, however, some heavy rainfall and gusty winds are also possible, according to the National Weather Service.
The County of Hawai'i is under a Tropical Storm Watch.
Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs.
Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo. It was moving west at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.
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In the early morning advisory, the hurricane center noted that Debby lost its subtropical characteristics and became a tropical storm. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf. Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
The peak time of the Atlantic hurricane season stretches between mid August and late October when historically the largest storms have done the most damage.
- The National Hurricane Center has announced that a Subtropical storm has formed in the North Atlantic. Debby poses no threat to land, the hurricane center said.
The risk of a hurricane striking the United States during the remainder of the summer is lower than average, experts said in an updated seasonal forecast released Thursday.