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Hurricane Hector Hits Hawaii a Glancing Blow
Hurricane Hector crossed the Pacific from east to west, grazing the southern coast of Hawaii but doing no harm. Early in the week it looked like Hector might be zeroing on Hawaii. The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Hawaii's Big Island on August 8, predicting the possibility of high surf, locally heavy rain and tropical-storm force winds. As the week progressed and the storm veered south, island residents realized that they could relax. Hector was a Category 4 storm as it approached Hawaii on August 8, then fell to a Category 3 storm as it swept past the southern coast on August 9. At its peak the storm had had wind speeds of 140 mph. As it passed south of Hawaii it was barely strong enough to kick up some storm surge along the islands’ beaches. It seemed as though the storm decided to spare Hawaii. After the circular storm passed the islands, it increased in intensity back to Category 4, with wind speeds increasing up to 130 mph, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Hector could have brought damage and destruction to the Hawaiian islands. Instead, the storm veered and weakened at exactly the right time so that life in the tropical paradise could proceed as normal.