Tropical storm warning dropped as Hector passes south of Big Isle

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"Hector is expected to pass far enough to the south so that no important wind issues are expected to impact the Big Island", AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

A tropical storm warning was in place Wednesday for the Big Island with gusty winds, rain and unsafe surf possible.

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Hurricane Hector remained a category 3 storm.

It is expected to generate swells with potential for life-threatening surf on the coasts of southwestern Mexico and Baja California, the National Hurricane Center said.

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A Category Four storm on the Saffir Simpson scale is capable of doing widespread major structural and infrastructure damage; it can easily tear off roofing, shatter windows, uproot palm trees and turn them into projectiles that can kill people. No coastal watches are warnings were issued, but forecasters said a tropical storm watch may be issued for Johnston Island.

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