Hector vs. Kilauea: Hurricane on track to skirt past Hawaii's erupting volcano

Hurricane Hector, swirling harmlessly in the Pacific some 1,700 miles (2,760 km) east of the Big Island, was expected to grow into a "major hurricane" on Saturday, meaning that its maximum sustained winds would reach at least 111 miles per hour (179 km per hour). Storms of that strength, classified as a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, are considered capable of causing devastating damage to populated areas.