Hurricane Hector on track to clip south coast of Hawaii's Big Island

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Tropical storm Debby strengthened a little overnight in the Atlantic, but forecasters say her time as the fourth named storm of the 2018 hurricane season may be nearing its end.

The storm was centered about 1,160 miles (1,870 kilometers) west of the Azores and was moving north near 16 mph (26 kph).

There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

John was centered about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south-southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo late yesterday and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph).

The United States National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the island of Hawai'i.

Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii County late Tuesday night or Wednesday
Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii County late Tuesday night or Wednesday

Wind: Tropical-storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible across the Big Island late Tuesday and Wednesday. Tropical Storm Ileana also was growing while racing John up the coastline.

The forecast, released last week, said the tropical Atlantic was “anomalously cool” and strong wind shear has been recorded over the Caribbean in the last month. It was likely to bring rain to the southern part of peninsula as well as heavy surf.

Early Wednesday, Hector was traveling west at 16 miles per hour with 125 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

The eye of the storm, which had wind speeds as high as 217 km/h at its centre on Wednesday afternoon, is forecast to pass 300 kilometres to the south of the Big Island tomorrow.

Surf along east-facing shores is already building and will peak later today and tonight, at 12 to 15 feet for the Big Island, mainly for the Puna and Ka'ū Districts. It was no longer expected to grow into a major hurricane. It will turn to the northeast by the weekend, keeping it clear of the U.S. No impacts will be felt here in eastern Carolina.

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