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Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

AFP  |  Washington 

Hurricane Hector whirled toward with 130 mph winds, bringing the threat of dangerous sea swells on two islands in the US archipelago state.

The Category Four storm was expected to pass about 100-150 miles (60-100 km) south of the today, government forecasters said.

Swells kicked up by Hector are expected to reach shores of the and Maui late yesterday, "likely becoming large and dangerous starting early Wednesday morning, and continuing through Wednesday afternoon," the in said.

Off the coast of Mexico, meanwhile, Hurricane John lumbered toward the as a Category Two storm.

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

On the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category Five storm is the most dangerous, with winds exceeding 156 miles per hour (251 kph).

John, which absorbed a tropical storm called Ileana, is already dumping heavy rain on states in western Mexico, the said.

It urged the general public and ship crews to be on the lookout for strong rains, wind and high waves.

Authorities in the Baja California resort of Los Cabos placed red flags on beaches in expectation of waves up to five metres high, said Carlos Alfredo Godinez Leon, a

All ports in Los Cabos were closed.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 13:40 IST
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