Big Island residents are relieved the effects of Hurricane Hector are mild, but they still have lava on their mind.

The storm is passing south with little impact other than choppy surf. With the record-breaking lava eruptions and now a series of wildfires, there's a sense of gratitude the island dodged another natural disaster.

"I think the Island has dealt with a lot the last few months so we're kind of hoping that we won't get much of the effects," Connie Koi, general manager of Punalu'u Sweetbread Bakeshop said. 

The road leading to South Point and the popular Black Sand Punalu'u Beach Park is among the many precautionary closures to the east and southeast shores.

It's a relief for Na'alehu businesses already hurting from the lava eruptions that are scaring customers away. A reminder for residents is to be prepared for anything.

"Use your common sense and put a to-go bag together. After all of the things we've been through in the last three or four months," Elizabeth Stabo, owner of Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee said.  

The tropical storm warning was called off for the Big Island but high surf levels for east and southeast shores still possible.