Live Coverage: Hurricane Julio Approaches Hawaii While Tropical Storm Iselle Moves Away

Iselle hit the Big Island on Friday morning. Hurricane Julio is forecasted to reach the region of the islands over the weekend but may not make landfall.

A boy holds an umbrella to a wave in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. AP Photo/Chris Stewart

After Iselle weakened and moved south of Hawaii Friday, attention turned to Hurricane Julio.

Hurricane Julio, as seen via a NASA satellite on Friday.

Hurricane Julio was north of Hawaii late Saturday and was expected to move passed the islands Sunday and Monday.



Julio’s winds Saturday were maxing out at about 90 mph. It was slowly moving northwest.

The National Weather Service canceled the tropical storm warning Friday evening for the Big Island.

This video shows the position and intensity of Iselle, left, and Julio, right, on Friday afternoon.

High winds knocked out power for more than 21,000 people Friday. Hawaiian Electric had crews working to fix the scattered outages throughout the day and posted updates of restored power on Twitter.

Tropical storm advisories remained in effect Friday in Hawaii.

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This map shows the wind patterns from Iselle and Julio Friday.

Hurricane Julio was creating gusts of up to 105 mph Friday. The National Weather Service expected the storm to pass by the north of the side of Hawaii.

As of Friday afternoon, Tropical Storm Iselle had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west at 15 mph.

The Associated Press reports that tropical storm Iselle made landfall in Hawaii on Friday morning.

This image taken at 2 a.m. EDT Friday Aug. 8, 2014 shows tropical storm Iselle approaching the Island of Hawaii, left as Hurricane Julio with a well defined eye follows. AP Photo/NOAA

As of 2:00 a.m. HST (8:00 a.m. ET), the center of Iselle was nearing landfall on the Big Island.

Iselle has now weakened to a tropical storm off the coast of Big Island, moving west at 10 mph with 70 mph winds.

This video shows winds and rain lashing the east coast of Big Island.

Satellite imagery early Friday morning showed Iselle beginning to reach the Big Island.

An alert was issued for portions of the Big Island Thursday evening after an uncontrolled release of steam containing hydrogen sulfide in Pohoiki.

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This video shows increasing wave heights along Hilo, Hawaii.

The latest update for Julio has classified it as a major hurricane—category 3—with 115 mph winds. It is expected to approach the Hawaiian Islands as early as Saturday.

Surf heights have reached 8 to 10 feet in the the ocean around Hilo, Hawaii, and surf conditions are forecasted to reach heights of 15 to 25 feet, according to Big Island’s Civil Defense.

Despite the unpredictable conditions and the repeated warnings to stay indoors, surfers were still riding waves as Iselle approached.

“Hurricane surfers,” this video is captioned.

This wind map shows Iselle and Julio on Thursday:

Iselle has increased to 80 mph and is now 151 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii, according to NOAA.

The University of Hawaii System will be closing all campuses in anticipation of Iselle.

The University campuses on Oahu and Kauai will be closed on Friday and Saturday, and campuses on the Big Island were closed one day earlier in preparation for the weather.

An updated forecast path for Hurricane Iselle as the storm approached the islands on Thursday.


Hawaii Governor and state officials announced on Thursday that all non-emergency state employees should not report to work on Friday. They also announced that schools state-wide will be closed tomorrow.


The video below is based on National Weather Service images and shows the projected path and intensity of Iselle and Julio from Thursday through Tuesday, Aug. 12.

NASA satellite imagery showed the two hurricanes approaching Hawaii Thursday morning.

A USGS reported 4.5 magnitude earthquake has struck 7 miles WNW of Waimea on Hawaii’s Big Island, ahead of the two approaching hurricanes.

UPDATE: The USGS initially reported the earthquake to be of M4.3, but later upgraded to M4.5 USGS

On Thursday morning, Hawaii’s commuter airline Island Air issued a travel warning, saying multiple afternoon flights between the islands were canceled, along with completely shutting down operations on Friday.

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Julio to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds up to 105 mph.

Forecasters expected Iselle to slam Hawaii Thursday with gusts of up to 85 mph and 25-foot waves.

The National Weather Service predicted winds to hit about 40 mph Thursday afternoon in Hawaii. In some areas, the wind will reach 70 mph, with gusts up to 85 mph. The winds may cause damage to lightweight buildings and trees. The wind may also cause power outages, and the NWS warned Hawaii residents to watch out for flying debris.

Intense waves and storm surges also will batter the islands. Surf will range from 15 to 25 feet Thursday and together with surges of up to three feet may cause costal flooding, according to the NWS. Honolulu planned to deploy buses to evacuate those in flood zones, including homeless Hawaii residents, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Wednesday.

The state may also face flooding from the rain. A flash flood warning was in effect Wednesday night and forecasters expected as much as 12 inches of rain in some areas. The intense precipitation “could lead to life-threatening flash floods,” the NWS warns.

Wednesday afternoon, a group of Honolulu officials — including Fire Chief Manuel Neves, in the video below — outlined their response to the potential dangers posed by the storm.

The threat from damage and debris prompted Honolulu to close all parks beginning Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Wednesday. Reductions in public transit service also were scheduled to coincide with the more intense parts of the storm.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Wednesday night that 10 shelters would open on Oahu by Thursday evening. Caldwell said the shelters should be a “last resort choice” and that Hawaii residents who can stay at home should.

Peter Hirai — Honolulu Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management — said Wednesday that storms had reached Hawaiian waters.

Storm warnings and watches were issued Wednesday across all of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Satellite imagery from late Wednesday showed both storms spinning through the Pacific toward Hawaii, which is just barely visible on the left.

By late Wednesday, forecasters were predicting that hurricane force winds would indeed make landfall.

The storms led Island Air to cancel flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

As the storms barreled toward land, Hawaii residents stocked up on supplies and in some cases completely cleaned out stores’ stockpile of things like water.

Andrea Malosa loads bottled water into her shopping cart in Mililani, Hawaii, Tuesday. Hugh Gentry / Reuters

Shoppers lift cases of bottled water at a Costco in Honolulu on Tuesday. AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy

Walton Hong leaves a local hardware store with screen doors Tuesday to prepare his house for the two storms. Hugh Gentry / Reuters

Shoppers at the Iwilei Costco in Honolulu on Tuesday. AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy

The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Oahu Wednesday afternoon, along with a tropical storm watch for other parts of the state.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday in anticipation of the two storms.

The proclamation will allow the state to access emergency funds.

The proclamation, which includes the entire state, activates the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the Legislature for disaster relief. It also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.

This video shows Iselle Wednesday as it neared Hawaii, which is visible on the left.

Two storms impacting the Hawaiian Islands — one after another — is unprecedented in recent history, Meteorologist Jordan Gerth, who works with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told BuzzFeed.

“We see the side-by-side storms in the Central Pacific Basin,” said Gerth. “But what makes both these storms unusual is that we haven’t seen them headed towards the Hawaiian Islands.” Wunderground

Hawaii’s Big Island hasn’t taken a direct hit from a hurricane since reliable satellite records began in the 1950s. Iselle is expected to make landfall there on Thursday evening.

The last hurricane to strike Hawaii was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki slammed into Kauai as a Category 4 storm, devastating the island and leaving 6 people dead. NOAA

In response to Hurricane Iselle, Canada warned citizens Wednesday against non-essential travel to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines announced Tuesday that all travelers impacted the weather would be allowed to change their travel plans without charge.

This animation shows the forecast movement and wind intensity — more intense winds are colored in red — of both Iselle and Julio.

Iselle prompted a hurricane warning Wednesday for Hawaii’s Big Island, as well as tropical storm warning for Maui.

Hurricane Julio had wind speeds of 75 mph late Wednesday. It was moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misused the term “Hawaiians” to refer to Hawaii residents. (8/7/14)

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