Hurricane Preparedness, Before the Storm (Credit: National Hurricane Center Miami & Meteorologist Jessica Olsen)
Discussion: With the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami issuing advisories ahead of Hurricane Hector, a category 2 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific, Hector is expected to move into the Central Pacific Hurricane Centers’ (CPHC) authority shortly.
The forecast advisory issued at 0300 UTC Friday August 3rd, 2018 by the NHC indicates that the hurricane center is located near 14.1N 126.9W with westward propagation at 11 knots (kt). It is approximately 1900 miles east-southeast of Hilo, and about 2095 miles east-southeast of Honolulu. Estimated minimum central pressure is 973 millibars (mb), with maximum sustained winds at 95kt with gusts to 115kt. Hector is expected to continue westward propagation over the next several days, especially with a ridge to the north helping to drive the hurricane towards the Central Pacific. Little change is expected after Hector’s recent rapid intensification due to the intrusion of some dry air, shear and the shift towards cooler ocean waters. GOES Visible also indicating a lack of clear eye identification at 0430 UTC (NHC Miami).
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© 2018 Meteorologist Jessica Olsen
Beven. “National Hurricane Center.” NHC, 1 Jan. 2001, www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac#Hector.
US Department of Commerce, and NOAA. “What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane.” National Weather Service, NOAA's National Weather Service, 1 June 2018, www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan.