Powerful Hurricane Hector, churning in the Pacific with 125 mph winds, was set to lash the big island of Hawaii with tropical storm force gusts and dangerous surf, according to the National Weather Service.
The 33-year-old firefighter who died Sunday while battling the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County was a leader and mentor to a 20-person elite crew responsible for battling blazes in the most rugged terrain in the region.
Hundreds of construction workers hammered together 20 temporary housing units on Saturday for families forced from their homes by Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea Volcano in what Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim called a source of hope.
A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano led officials to close a highway on Tuesday and warn that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried on the wind could injure eyes and lungs, in its biggest eruption cycle in a century.
White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.
Helicopters were rushed in to rescue four trapped residents after lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano isolated a cluster of homes, as the US Geological Survey said Saturday an explosion from its crater sent ash pouring into the sky.