"This is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure they have their hurricane plan in place". "It is still too soon to tell what effects this hurricane will have (if any) on the Hawaii islands".
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.
"Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days".
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.
The storm was about 1,390 miles southeast of the Hawaiian islands on Sunday and should cross into the central Pacific ocean by Sunday night or early Monday morning.
State officials urged residents to take precaution and prepare for the storm. On the forecast track, Hector will cross into the central Pacific basin tonight.
The US National Hurricane Centre said storms of this strength are considered capable of causing devastating damage to populated areas.
The Hawaiian Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island. At least 700 homes have been destroyed, authorities estimate, and thousands of people have been displaced.
The current Kilauea lava flow from one of about two dozen volcanic fissures that opened in the ground has been going on for 93 days, making the longest non-stop eruption on record from Kilauea's lower East Rift zone.