Fear mounts as hurricane ploughs towards Hawaii's volcano

Here's the latest track for Hurricane Hector as it nears Hawaiian waters

Here's the latest track for Hurricane Hector as it nears Hawaiian waters

Hurricane Hector is now 1,130 miles southeast of Big Island and moving west, according to the NHC's latest advisory.

Hurricane Hector is tracking for a close call with Hawaii's Big Island, parts of which are still coping with destruction from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

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 hurricane is now forecast to pass the south of Hawaii on Wednesday.

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.

Tom Travis, Hawaii's emergency management administrator, said: "Hector is our first hurricane this year". Now the area faces a new threat as Hurricane Hector heads in that direction.

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"A motion toward the west-northwest at an increased forward speed is expected through Tuesday, followed by a westward motion Tuesday night through Friday", weather officials said in a bulletin.

The forecast track for Hurricane Hector.

"Some fluctuations in intensity are expected tonight and Monday".

It was expected to pick up speed from its 14 miles per hour westward crawl into the central Pacific on Monday, the centre said in an advisory late on Sunday. Additionally and likely more importantly, very dry mid-level air will begin to surround the storm beginning later today or tonight, and this is expected to lead to a slow and gradual weakening of the system through Wednesday night.

Scientists differ on how a hurricane could affect the volcano, but some say the low atmospheric pressure could help trigger eruptions. It is rare for a hurricane to directly hit Hawaii.

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