Hurricane Hector weakens to a category 3; Tropical Storm Warning issued for Hawaii Island
As of 5 AM, Hurricane Hector was located approximately 240 miles south-southeast of Hilo. Hector is located at latitude 16.4 N and longitude 153.9 W and moving west at 16 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are 125 MPH with gusts to 145 MPH. If Hector continues on this track, it is forecast to pass south of Hawaii Island later today.
Due to the location and strength of Hector, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Island of Hawaii. A Tropical Storm Warning means that there is a possibility of strong winds, high surf, and heavy rains occurring anytime within 36-hours. All field reports this morning indicate no problems occurring due to surf, winds, and rains.
For your additional information:
The Department of Education has stated that all schools are open today.
Police and road crews report that all roads and highways are open.
The following parks will remain closed until all danger has passed; Punalu`u, Whittington, and Miloli`i.
Elections Division reports the Pahoa and Pahala early voting stations are closed today.