Farther out in the Pacific was recently formed Tropical Storm Kristy, which had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and could become a hurricane.
Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs. The tropical-storm-force winds associated with Debby are well removed from the center as indicated by a recent ASCT pass and are occurring within a cyclonically curved band of moderate convection.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Hurricane Hector was approximately 370 miles ESE of South Point at latitude 16.6 N and longitude 150.7 W, moving west at approximately 16 mph.
Two other systems - Hurricane John and Tropical Storm Kristy - also swirled in the Pacific west of Mexico.
A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves.
Hawaii County officials are urging residents to secure loose items and be prepared for changing conditions.
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The Category 4 storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour. It was no longer expected to grow into a major hurricane.
High winds gusts are forecast through Wednesday and will affect the entire island, especially downslope areas.
Service of Jamaica is reporting that tropical storm Debby, which is not a threat to Jamaica, has strengthened slightly as it makes its way towards the North Atlantic.
Four tropical cyclones are swirling in the Pacific Ocean this week, at least one of which is a significant threat to land. It will turn to the northeast by the weekend, keeping it clear of the U.S. No impacts will be felt here in eastern Carolina.
Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms.