The Latest: Tropical storm watch issued for Hawaii Island

HONOLULU — The Latest on a hurricane approaching Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):

5 p.m.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Hector approaches.

The National Weather Service says Hector is expected to pass roughly 150 miles south of the Big Island on Wednesday.

While the category 4 storm is forecast to weaken during the next 48 hours, Hector is expected to remain a major hurricane.

Mayor Harry Kim says officials are preparing for whatever nature brings. He says neighborhoods that could have felt the brunt of the storm have been destroyed by an ongoing lava flow. Scientists say there's less lava coming out of an eruption site in a Big Island neighborhood.

Meteorologist Melissa Dye says the southern half of the island should brace for strong winds. She says there could also be a few inches of rain into Thursday.

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12:45 p.m.

An erupting Hawaii volcano is causing fewer earthquakes, and there's less lava coming out of an eruption site in a neighborhood just as the Big Island braces for an approaching hurricane.

Scientists say a helicopter overflight on Monday confirms a significant reduction in lava output from a fissure in a Big Island community where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. They say it's common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely. It's also possible the discharge of huge volumes of lava could resume.

Mayor Harry Kim says officials are preparing for whatever nature brings. He says neighborhoods that could have felt the brunt of the storm have been destroyed by the ongoing lava flow.

A tropical storm watch is in effect Monday for waters south of the Big Island. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Hector is expected to pass south of the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves westward.

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12:30 p.m.

Hawaii emergency officials are keeping track of a hurricane that's expected to pass to the south of the islands this week.

A tropical storm watch is in effect Monday for waters south of the Big Island. The National Weather Service says Hurricane Hector is expected to pass south of the Big Island Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves westward.

Mayor Harry Kim says officials are preparing for whatever nature brings. He says neighborhoods that could have felt the brunt of the storm have been destroyed by an ongoing lava flow.

Meteorologist Melissa Dye says the southern half of the island should brace for winds of 35 mph (56.3 kph) or higher. She says there could also be a few inches of rain into Thursday as Hector passes the island.

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