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Message from the Chancellors on Hurricane Hector

Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Photo of hurricane blown palms, with the word "Ready" and a check mark in the left top cornerPlease be advised that as of 8:00 a.m. today, Aug. 7, 2018, the center of Hurricane Hector was located approximately 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per  hour with occasional higher gusts. Forecasters note that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

The storm is expected to pass approximately 165 miles south of Hawai‘i Island on Wednesday, Aug. 8. However, only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could bring tropical storm force winds to Hawai‘i Island later tonight or tomorrow.

Possible impacts include:

  • Surf: Swells generated by Hector are forecast to reach southeast and east shores late today. A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island. This is in effect from noon today through 6:00 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Wind: Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawai‘i Island late today and tomorrow.

As conditions warrant, we will send out announcements or alerts via email. To receive alerts on mobile phones, you may sign up online for UH Alert Notifications.

Additionally, information on hurricane preparedness can be found at the national public service website on Hurricanes.

We continue to monitor Hurricane Hector and are working closely with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense as well as other county and state agencies to remain prepared and informed.

Mahalo, and stay safe.

Marcia Sakai, Interim Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Rachel Solemsaas, Chancellor, Hawai‘i Community College

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