Hawaii's Big Island is preparing for a possible hurricane — while a volcano continues to erupt on its shore.
Hurricane Hector is expected to pass Hawaii by the middle of the week, although by that time it could weaken into a tropical storm.
Some predictions put the category 4 storm on course to collide directly with the Kilauea Volcano, although the National Weather Service predicts it will be a near-miss.
“While the official forecast track continues to lie to the south of the Hawaiian islands, only a slight deviation to the north of the forecast track would significantly increase potential impacts to the state of Hawaii,” forecasters said, according to the Star Advertiser.
The hurricane is moving about 14 miles per hour with wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Even though the hurricane should hopefully pass just south of Hawaii, state officials are warning residents to exercise caution. “We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide," Tom Travis, the state's emergency management administrator, said in a statement.
The island of Hawaii has been dealing with the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano for the past three months. The volcano has destroyed hundreds of homes and injured more than 20 people.