LIHUE — Hurricane Hector caused high surf and wet weather but otherwise few problems as it passed south of the Hawaiian Islands Thursday.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the Central Hurricane Pacific Center reported that Hector, a Category 3 storm, had strengthened while moving away from the islands. It was about 405 miles south-southwest of Lihue and 375 miles south-southwest of Niihau.
It had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and was moving west at 16 mph.
The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory for south-facing shores until 6 this morning.