HONOLULU — Hurricane Hector remains a category 4 storm but is expected to pass about 200 miles south of Hawaii’s Big Island late today and into Wednesday.
The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with stronger gusts possible. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Honolulu expect the storm to lose strength over the next two days.
Hurricane-force winds extend about 30 miles from Hector’s center and tropical storm-force winds can reach up to 90 miles from the eye.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Big Island, where high winds and dangerous surf are expected as Hector churns westward.
Hawaii County officials are urging residents to secure loose items and be prepared for changing conditions.