Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico

Hurricane John absorbs tropical storm off Mexico

Tropical Storm Ileana was trailing John to the southeast but wasn't forecast to reach hurricane force.

Hawaii emergency officials who have been contending with Kilauea volcano's lava flow were preparing for a hurricane that was expected to pass to the south of the islands this week.

The storm is centered about 1,160 miles west of the Azores and is moving north near 16 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center, "small but powerful" Hector continues to churn away in the eastern Pacific as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

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The center of Hector was about 750 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, the NWS alert said Tuesday.

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. There could also be a few inches of rain into Thursday as Hector passes the island, she said. "If it does, it will become Typhoon Hector".

Farther out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector headed for the central Pacific as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported. NHC said "Gradual weakening is expected to begin Tuesday night, and Ileana is forecast to dissipate by Wednesday afternoon or evening due to its proximity to the much larger Tropical Storm or Hurricane John located to its southwest". It will not affect any land areas. Two factors should keep Hector's impact on Hawaii minimal - relatively cool ocean temperatures and high pressure building over the North Pacific. Debby will not be a threat to land. Debby is the fourth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. A trough is then forecast to take Debby on a northeasterly track afterward, but fall apart afterward.

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