WASHINGTON, Aug 7, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Hurricane Hector whirled toward Hawaii
Tuesday with 130 mph winds and brnging the threat of dangerous swells on two
islands in the US archipelago state.
The Category Four storm was expected to pass about 165 miles (100 km) south
of the Big Island on Wednesday, government forecasters said.
Swells kicked up by Hector are expected to reach shores of the Big Island
and Maui late Tuesday, “likely becoming large and dangerous by late tonight
and Wednesday,” the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said.
Off the coast of Mexico, meanwhile, Hurricane John lumbered toward the Baja
California pensinsula as a Category Two storm.
It is expected to generate swells with potential for life-threatening surf
on the coasts of southwestern Mexico and Baja California, the National
Hurricane Center said.
On the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category Five storm is the most
dangerous, with winds exceeding 156 miles per hour (251 kph).