HONOLULU - Hurricane Hector slightly increases strengths with sustained winds at 120 mph, a category 3 hurricane and continues to move west. 

Hector is passing well to the south of Hawaii with minimal impacts expected for the islands.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday morning the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has the storm 365 miles south-southwest of Honolulu, moving west at 16 mph.  The storm will remain on a westerly path before turning more northwesterly by Friday.  By then Hector will be at a good distance away from Hawaii.

High surf generated by Hector will impact south shores of all islands as the storm moves west. In addition to King tides, coastal flooding and damages are possible. 

As the storm passes, Hector will bring an increase in showers as tropical moisture will move in from the south.  Periods of heavy rain is possible Thursday afternoon. Humidity levels are elevated so temperatures will also feel warmer. 

Dangerous ocean conditions will persist until the storm is out of Hawaiian waters on Friday. Hawaii is still under a Hurricane Warning, Small Craft Advisory and a High Surf Advisory for south facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui.