Earlier this month, America’s series of islands in the Pacific, Hawaii, was almost hit by a hurricane. Adding to the damage of the nearby erupting volcano, the hurricane, Hurricane Hector, caused a devastation to the small islands.

On July 26, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began observing an area with low pressure a couple hundred miles south of Mexico. The “tropical storm” began to develop and was called Hector, as it had hurricane-like conditions. At first, Hector was only planned to be a simple tropical storm, but as the wind speeds increased, the NHC warned the coast that a hurricane was in store.

For several days, Hurricane Hector traveled west without gaining much latitude, but was steadily gaining more power. A few hours later, Hector turned into a Category (level of intensity of a hurricane 1 the lowest-5 the highest) 2 with wind speeds of 110 miles per hour (mph). On August 3, the storm lost power and fell back to a Category 1.

The next day, Hector surgered all the way up to a Category 3 hurricane. By August 5, Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane. Later that same day, the hurricane subsided back to a Category 3. However, six hours after, the storm regained its status as a Category 4 hurricane. Later, as Hector crossed the Pacific Ocean, it fell to a Category 3 due to drier air. Hurricane Hector was 210 miles south of Hawaii’s Big Island with wind speeds of 115 mph.

At this point, you may think the the hurricane was going to be over, however, the wild hurricane became a Category 4 on August 10 with 140 mph winds. On August 12, Hurricane Hector  fell back to a Category 1. The next day, weakened all the way to a tropical storm. Late on August 16, the storm fully dissipated.

Even though this roller-coaster of a hurricane missed Hawaii, and ended up dissipating, the islands were hit with huge waves up to 12 feet in the affected areas.

Luckily, Arizona is a safe state where the most water we get is during monsoon season.Keep tuned for more stories and stay safe Grizzlies!


By: Avey Schulz

Photo Credits: videoblocks

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