Hector becomes a Category 4 Hurricane

At 5:00 PM HST, the eye of Hurricane Hector was located 1395 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii. Hector is moving toward the west near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, Hector will cross into the Central Pacific basin Sunday night or early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph with higher gusts. Hector is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Fluctuations in strength are likely during the next few days. However, Hector is expected to remain a major hurricane as it moves into the central Pacific basin.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.