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A Hurricane Could Collide With Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano

A Hurricane Could Collide With Hawaii's Erupting Kilauea Volcano

Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Saturday as it churned toward the Central Pacific.

"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days.", the National Hurricane Center said.

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since May 3, as lava continues to flow from fissure 8 on its eastern flank, which has covered 13.4 square miles of the island's surface.

While the latest eruptions started in May, the volcano has spewed lava since the 1980s, becoming a major tourist destination even as it threatened nearby residents.

After Monday, the storm is forecast to weaken to a Category 2 or 1 hurricane.

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".

Mayor Harry Kim said the session was aimed at getting staff familiar with the background regarding the storm, which was approaching the 140-degree longitude boundary into the Central Pacific.

Meteorologist Melissa Dye says the southern half of the island should brace for winds of 35 miles per hour (56.3 kph) or higher.

Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state.

It unclear whether it'll hit or just brush the southern edge of the Big Island by Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Hector is expected to hit Hawaii's Big Island late on Wednesday morning.

The hurricane is moving westward or 275/10 kt. west-northwestward motion is expected over the next day or so as Hector is steered by a deep-layer ridge to its north.

Scientists differ on how a hurricane could affect the volcano, but some say the low atmospheric pressure could help trigger eruptions.

A tropical storm watch is in effect Monday for waters south of the Big Island.

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