Fear mounts as hurricane ploughs towards Hawaii's volcano

Hurricane Hector updated track as of 5 a.m. on Friday Aug. 3 2018. PC NHC  NOAA

Hurricane Hector regained strength in the eastern Pacific late on Sunday and swelled into a Category 4 storm again with sustained 140 miles per hour winds as it stayed on target to possibly hit Hawaii by midweek, officials said.

Hurricane Hector is located about 1,360 miles from South Point, located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hurricane Hector roared through the Central Pacific on Sunday and is expected to pass near the Big Island of Hawaii, where a volcano continues to send lava into the sea.

Forecasters say it is still too soon to say whether Hurricane Hector will touch down in Hawaii since the storm is still fluctuating and will likely weaken by Wednesday.

The NHC forecast gradual weakening on Monday night through to Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

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

"The track of the hurricane still has the center passing well south of the main Hawaiian island at this time", Brink said Sunday morning".

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say "Hector will cross into the local region from Tuesday night into Thursday, though it remains too early to determine precise impacts on island weather at this time". On Friday, state officials warned residents and visitors to take precautions in case Hector gets closer to the island chain.

The forecast track for Hurricane Hector.

While the latest eruptions started in May, the volcano has spewed lava since the 1980s, becoming a major tourist destination even as it threatened nearby residents.

More than 700 homes and properties have been destroyed with thousands of people being forced to leave the area.

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