Hawaii Braces as Iselle Approaches Landfall

Published 08/08 2014 02:04AM

Updated 08/08 2014 02:05AM


Hawaii residents are urged to stay indoors and classes were canceled as the islands brace for two major storms.

The outer edges of Iselle are bringing rain and wind to the Big Island overnight as the storm approached landfall, poised to become the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the island chain in 22 years. 

Another storm, Hurricane Julio, is following close behind.

Hawaii has been directly hit by hurricanes only three times since 1950. The last time Hawaii was hit with a hurricane or tropical storm was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai, Lau said.

Storm clouds were visible on Hawaii’s beaches Thursday, a clue to the approaching storms. 

Ahead of Iselle, many stores and businesses closed, and classes were canceled as schools were converted into shelters. 

The state is under a tropical storm warning, with heavy rains, high surf and damaging winds expected and flooding likely, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Forecasters are still uncertain about the exact track and strength of Iselle.

Julio is expected to approach the state over the weekend or early next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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