Hector is expected to pass 200 miles South of the big island of Hawaii on Wednesday.
A growing hurricane absorbed a tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific Coast today and a new subtropical storm formed in the northern Atlantic, though none were projected to make landfall. Forecasters say tropical-storm-force winds could affect the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Swells from Hector will produce surf heights from 12 to 15 feet on east-facing shores mainly for the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Beachgoers are warned of strong breaking waves and currents that will make swimming hard and risky, the news site said.
The storm was centered about 1,160 miles west of the Azores and was moving north near 16 mph.
Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. "There is a reasonable chance that Hector will survive to cross the International Date Line early next week", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis. It was no longer expected to grow into a major hurricane.
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"It is expected to dissipate over the next 48 hours, but the remains of the storm will track towards Ireland Saturday and could potentially bring some much needed rain".
Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo.
- The National Hurricane Center has announced that a Subtropical storm has formed in the North Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Hector is also swirling in the Pacific as an impressively organized Category 4 hurricane.
Hurricane season runs through November 30.