Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Swells kicked up by Hector are expected to reach shores of the Big Island and Maui late Tuesday, "likely becoming large and unsafe by late tonight and Wednesday", the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said.

Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state.

Hector is centered less than 300 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving west.

As Hurricane Hector moves west, Hawaii's Big Island is preparing Wednesday for a glancing blow from the storm's northern fringes, forecasters said.

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John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a major hurricane by late Tuesday. Subtropical storms usually have winds that are spread out farther from the center, and they are often asymmetric. That left three disturbances in the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Strom Ileana formed near Manzanillo on Monday but has now been absorbed by the much larger Hurricane John, while the newly formed Tropical Storm Kristy is roughly halfway between Cabo and Hawaii. Hector is expected to weaken over cooler water before its center passes within 200 miles of the Big Island later this week, according to AccuWeather, though the island's southern tip is included in the NHC's five-day storm forecast cone.

During last year's historically active, ferocious and deadly season, Harvey and Irma alone caused close to $200 billion in damages, according to ICAT, the catastrophe insurance concern.

Four tropical cyclones are swirling in the Pacific Ocean this week, at least one of which is a significant threat to land.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will release its updated mid-season hurricane forecast on Thursday.

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