Hurricane Hector on track to clip south coast of Hawaii's Big Island

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This is not clear at this time, but according to local media on the Big Island, Will Okabe, Acting Mayor of the County of Hawai'i, released an emergency proclamation with Hurricane Hector closing in on the shores of Hawaii Island.

The eye of the storm, which had wind speeds as high as 217 km/h at its centre on Wednesday afternoon, is forecast to pass 300 kilometres to the south of the Big Island tomorrow.

Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach the southeast and east shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui later Wednesday, and produce large and risky surfs. It was located about 470 miles east-southeast of South Point, Hawaii.

An area of low pressure we've been watching for the past few days has intensified to Subtropical Storm Debby.

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Those caught up in the latest strife between Ottawa and the Saudi government include more than 15,000 students in Canada. Many are now wondering if Canada's contract with Saudi Arabia - which is also highly controversial - could be at risk.

Get all the latest re/insurance industry news with our daily newsletter - sign up here. "There is a reasonable chance that Hector will survive to cross the International Date Line early next week", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis. Tropical Storm Ileana also is growing while racing John up the coastline and is forecast to reach hurricane strength later Monday.

Farther out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector headed for the central Pacific as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported. All these conditions tend to be associated with quieter Atlantic hurricane season.

Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms.

After getting off to a precocious start, with a tropical storm and two hurricanes already on its resume by July 8, the Atlantic hurricane season has been on hiatus.

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