Hector strengthens into a major hurricane on its way to Hawaii
Hurricane "Hector," the 8th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season, formed August 1 and strengthened into a hurricane at 14:00 UTC on August 2. Just six hours later, this small storm became a strong Category 2 hurricane. By 03:00 UTC on August 4, Hector strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, making it the third major hurricane of the season.
At 09:00 UTC today, the center of Hurricane "Hector" was located 2 555 km (1 590 miles) east of Hilo, Hawaii. Its maximum sustained winds were 195 km/h (120 mph) and minimum central pressure 962 hPa. Hector was moving west toward Hawaii at 19 km/h (12 mph).