Hurricane Hector closing in on Hawaii and volcano

Hurricane Hector could collide with erupting Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii

Hector hits Category 3

Hector's winds dropped to 125 mph from 130 mph, the diving line between Categories 3 and 4, early Sunday as it moved westward at 12 mph Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Hector as of 5 a.m. today. She says there could also be a few inches of rain into Thursday as Hector passes the island.

The Hawaii Coast Guard has set a port condition of "WHISKEY" due to the impending storm, during which time commercial traffic and transfer operations are allowed to continue.

Hector is expected to continue moving west and have a slight increase in speed over the next couple of days.

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The current eruption is the longest non-stop eruption on record from Kilauea's lower East Rift Zone.

Hawaii residents have now been urged to take precaution and prepare for the oncoming storm, with Hurricane Hector expected to hit this week.

Hurricane Hector is gaining strength as it barrels through the Pacific - and could make landfall in Hawaii by the middle of the week.

An estimated 700 homes have been destroyed by the volcano, more than 500 of those in just two days, and thousands of people have been displaced.

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Some fluctuations in intensity are expected overnight into Monday, followed by gradual weakening Monday night through Wednesday. Any deviation northward could bring Hector close enough to impact the Big Island.

CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said while Hector is heading in Big Island 's general direction, it's too early to tell if it's on a collision course with the volcano.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Hawaii Island, which means tropical storm conditions are possible for the area within a 48-hour time period.

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