(BIVN) – A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as Category 3 Hurricane Hector churns 210 miles southeast of South Point on Hawaii Island. Civil defense reports that so far, all field reports this morning indicate no problems occurring due to surf, winds, and rains.
Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. A High Surf Warning is in effect for the southeast shores of Ka`u and Puna.
The Department of Education has stated that all schools are open today, civil defense says. Police and road crews report that all roads and highways are open. Punalu`u, Whittington, and Miloli`i beach parks are closed. The Elections Division reports the Pahoa and Pahala early voting stations are closed today.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu posted this in its morning discussion:
As for sensible weather details, deep tropical moisture will mainly affect the Big Island today, leading to an increase in showers, but the heaviest showers should remain to the south of the island in closer proximity to Hector. Over the smaller islands, fairly dry and stable conditions are expected to hold in place, with mainly light windward showers. A plume of deep tropical moisture with precipitable waters values around 2 inches, will then spread northwestward up the island chain tonight allowing for a wet trade wind pattern to develop. The wet trade wind pattern is expected to hold in place Thursday and Thursday night, with conditions then drying out from southeast to northwest across the state during the day on Friday. Showers will favor windward and mauka areas as this plume of deep moisture moves over the state, but showers will spread leeward more regularly as well. Additionally, some of the showers could be heavy, particularly over windward areas Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. By Friday night the airmass will continue to dry out, bringing the return of a more typical trade wind shower regime. Precipitable water values will then fall into the 1.2 to 1.5 range, which is near to slightly below normal over the weekend into early next week, resulting in a drier than normal trade wind pattern across the state.