Powerful Hurricane Hector on the horizon

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Hector was downgraded to a Category 3 storm and it's expected to continue losing steam over the next couple of days, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 11 a.m. EST, Hector had winds of 145 miles per hour, with higher gusts, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

The volcano is in the middle of a three-month eruption of lava which has been spewing since May and has covered 13.4 square miles of the island's surface.

An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed by the volcano, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced.

Hurricane Hector picked up strength as it entered the Central Pacific Basin, according to forecasters.

On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain.

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Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Meterologist James Spann said on Twitter that it was "too soon to determine what kind of impacts might occur in the state, since track errors can be large at long time ranges".

The storm was downgraded to a Category 3 this morning, but in its latest warning, the National Weather Service said it was again a category four, with winds as high as 200kph at its centre.

Rain: Rains from the deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector could affect the Puna and Kau Districts of Hawaii Island, and some of those rain showers may be locally heavy at times, especially on east and southeast-facing slopes.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said it was too early to tell if the hurricane would trigger an eruption of Kilauea.

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