Two storms bear down on the Hawaiian islands
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 August, 2014 - The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system close behind it also weakened and was on track to pass north of the islands by several hundred miles.
Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island. There have been no reports of deaths or major injuries, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Friday. About 21,000 homes remained without power on the Big Island where the main part of Iselle came ashore in a rural and sparsely populated region, Hawaii County Civil Defense spokesman John Drummond said.
Heavy rains and wind from the storm's outer bands also hit Maui and Oahu on Friday as Iselle moved west, but south of the other islands, out to sea. Even though the brunt of the storm hit the Big Island and Maui, Kauai and Oahu need to remain vigilant.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio, some 900 miles behind in the Pacific, was downgraded to a Category 2 storm and packed maximum sustained winds of about 105 mph. National Weather Service officials predict it will continue to weaken on a path that should take it about 200 miles north of the island chain starting sometime Sunday morning.