Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

The projected path of Hurricane Hector as of 5 p.m. Sunday

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Hurricane Hector was approximately 370 miles ESE of South Point at latitude 16.6 N and longitude 150.7 W, moving west at approximately 16 mph. Tropical Storm Ileana was trailing John to the southeast but wasn't forecast to reach hurricane force.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said officials would be prepared for whatever nature brings. Kilauea's latest volcanic event began more than three months ago, sending destructive currents of lava into neighborhoods on the island's southeast side.

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NHC's forecast indicated that Ileana is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over coastal sections of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches through Tuesday night.

An erupting Hawaii volcano is causing fewer earthquakes, and there's less lava coming out of an eruption site in a neighborhood just as the Big Island braces for an approaching hurricane. They say it's common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely. "A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time".

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Enhanced rainfall from deep tropical moisture surrounding Hector will affect the Puna and Ka'ū Districts of the Big Island as the hurricane passes by south of the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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A tropical storm warning has been posted for the Big Island of Hawaii, where tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected Wednesday, especially downslope from mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands and through gaps.

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