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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.

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

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CANCELED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE BIG ISLAND. TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS CONTINUES FOR KAUAI, OAHU AND MAUI

SCD / Hawaii EMA@HI_CivilDefense

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CANCELED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE BIG ISLAND. TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS CONTINUES FOR KAUAI, OAHU AND MAUI

6:00 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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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.

1047a Windward Update: All customers restored. Please report any #OahuOutage or downed poles/lines to our 24-7 Trouble Line:...

Hawaiian Electric@HwnElectric

1047a Windward Update: All customers restored. Please report any #OahuOutage or downed poles/lines to our 24-7 Trouble Line:...

2:28 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

1107a Wahiawa Update: Our crews were ale to remove a tree branch from the power line and restore all customers. #OahuOutage

Hawaiian Electric@HwnElectric

1107a Wahiawa Update: Our crews were ale to remove a tree branch from the power line and restore all customers. #OahuOutage

2:18 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

1027a: ~2400 customers out of power in Makaha. First responder en route. Mahalo for your patience. #OahuOutage

Hawaiian Electric@HwnElectric

1027a: ~2400 customers out of power in Makaha. First responder en route. Mahalo for your patience. #OahuOutage

2:03 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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Radar estimates nearly a foot of rain has fallen across parts of the Big Island since #Iselle made landfall:

Eric Holthaus@EricHolthaus

Radar estimates nearly a foot of rain has fallen across parts of the Big Island since #Iselle made landfall:

1:22 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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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.

Per @NWSHonolulu, rainfall rates over 4 inches per hour in Kau district between Volcano and Wood Valley. #Iselle

Hurricane Central@twc_hurricane

Per @NWSHonolulu, rainfall rates over 4 inches per hour in Kau district between Volcano and Wood Valley. #Iselle

9:55 AM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

2 AM HST Update: Center of Tropical Storm #Iselle close to making landfall on the Big Island. #hiwx http://t.co/f1DxHTS2P1

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

2 AM HST Update: Center of Tropical Storm #Iselle close to making landfall on the Big Island. #hiwx http://t.co/f1DxHTS2P1

1:32 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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JUST IN: Iselle weakens to a tropical storm off the coast of Big Island, Hawaii with 70 mph winds, moving W at 10 mph

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JUST IN: Iselle weakens to a tropical storm off the coast of Big Island, Hawaii with 70 mph winds, moving W at 10 mph

9:43 AM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

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

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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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In Makawao, Maui, the heavy rain fall from the Iselle caused power lines to topple, Hawaii News Now reporter Chelsea Davis said.

It's really coming down now in Makawao! #Iselle #Maui @HawaiiNewsNow

Misha Nakagawa@mishacherrie

It's really coming down now in Makawao! #Iselle #Maui @HawaiiNewsNow

6:24 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Just in: Power lines down on Olinda Rd in Makawao. @MauiElectric responding. Even if power lines not sparking, stay away! #Iselle #Julio

Chelsea Davis@ChelseaDavisHNN

Just in: Power lines down on Olinda Rd in Makawao. @MauiElectric responding. Even if power lines not sparking, stay away! #Iselle #Julio

7:49 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This video shows increasing wave heights along Hilo, Hawaii.

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Also in Hilo, waves are seen crashing over a beach wall.

#CarlSmithBeachPark #Hilo #HurricaneIselle #Iselle

Sergio Herrera@et3surge

#CarlSmithBeachPark #Hilo #HurricaneIselle #Iselle

6:18 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Multiple power outages have been reported on the Big Island:

First Hawai‘i Island power outage that I'm aware of reported in Waimea. We're driving down to Waikoloa… http://t.co/MH0ulpPINh

Mileka Lincoln@MilekaLincoln

First Hawai‘i Island power outage that I'm aware of reported in Waimea. We're driving down to Waikoloa… http://t.co/MH0ulpPINh

3:17 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

About 800 customers without power in Honokaa http://t.co/lNyapoIk6f

Star-Advertiser@StarAdvertiser

About 800 customers without power in Honokaa http://t.co/lNyapoIk6f

4:06 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Power out here in Pahoa. #Iselle is at the door just in time for cold tuna fish sando's for supper.

ThisJustIn@LouisDavid33

Power out here in Pahoa. #Iselle is at the door just in time for cold tuna fish sando's for supper.

6:01 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Power outages have also been reported on Oahu:

5450p: ~ 330 customers without power in the Kahala / Aina Haina area. 1st responder en route. Mahalo for your patience. #OahuOutage

Hawaiian Electric@HwnElectric

5450p: ~ 330 customers without power in the Kahala / Aina Haina area. 1st responder en route. Mahalo for your patience. #OahuOutage

5:50 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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All flights have stopped going in and out of Hilo Airport:

No more flights in or out of Hilo International Airport, other airports also to stop flights tonight: http://t.co/g8QJKTVWO9 #Iselle

khon2 News@KHONnews

No more flights in or out of Hilo International Airport, other airports also to stop flights tonight: http://t.co/g8QJKTVWO9 #Iselle

5:54 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A flood advisory has been issued for the Big Island due to increased rain in south Hilo and Puna.

Heavy rainfall over the south Hilo and Puna districts has led to the issuance of a Flood ADVISORY for Hawaii County until 7 PM HST. #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

Heavy rainfall over the south Hilo and Puna districts has led to the issuance of a Flood ADVISORY for Hawaii County until 7 PM HST. #hiwx

5:43 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Parts of the Big Island's Liliʻuokalani Gardens, a 30-acre Japanese garden with fishponds and pagodas, is pictured here flooding:

Those familiar with Liliʻuokalani Gardens in #Hilo will realize how high surge is getting. (PC: Jase Takeya) #Iselle

Dennis Kauka Jr@denniskjr

Those familiar with Liliʻuokalani Gardens in #Hilo will realize how high surge is getting. (PC: Jase Takeya) #Iselle

4:03 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Hurricane Iselle weakened slightly as it headed towards the Big Island with winds up to 70 mph expected.

#Iselle impacts to Big Island include 60-70 mph winds gusting to 85 mph, 5-8+ inches of rainfall higher windward, 15-25 foot surf. #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

#Iselle impacts to Big Island include 60-70 mph winds gusting to 85 mph, 5-8+ inches of rainfall higher windward, 15-25 foot surf. #hiwx

5:25 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Despite the weakening of the storm, the winds are still very strong. Downed trees have been reported blocking multiple roads.

Breaking: Route 11, Keaau to Volcano Highway, is completely blocked by downed trees near the 19 milemarker. Reopening time is unclear.

Gordon Y.K. Pang@PangInTheHale

Breaking: Route 11, Keaau to Volcano Highway, is completely blocked by downed trees near the 19 milemarker. Reopening time is unclear.

5:37 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Iselle has not hit yet but outer bands being felt in Hilo.

Lynn Kawano@LynnKawano

#Iselle has not hit yet but outer bands being felt in Hilo.

7:19 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa tells residents Thursday to stay inside after 9 p.m. local time.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urges residents to stay inside after 9 p.m. #isellecb

Sophie Cocke@sophiecocke

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa urges residents to stay inside after 9 p.m. #isellecb

3:59 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Light rains, off and on, in Kahului, Maui. Winds picking up. #Iselle #hiwx

Nanea Kalani@NaneaKalani

Light rains, off and on, in Kahului, Maui. Winds picking up. #Iselle #hiwx

5:37 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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.

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As Iselle neared, Hilo, Hawaii, was boarded up and people were staying indoors.

Downtown Hilo #hawaii deserted. Shops and restaurants closed and boarded up for hurricane #Iselle

ComeSeeHawaii.com@comeseehawaii

Downtown Hilo #hawaii deserted. Shops and restaurants closed and boarded up for hurricane #Iselle

3:41 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This wind map shows Iselle and Julio on Thursday:

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Hawaiian Airlines started canceling some interisland flights Thursday afternoon.

URGENT NOTICE: Selected neighbor island flights have been canceled. For more information on these flights visit: http://t.co/J2vwXXZ4cO

Hawaiian Airlines@HawaiianAir

URGENT NOTICE: Selected neighbor island flights have been canceled. For more information on these flights visit: http://t.co/J2vwXXZ4cO

2:07 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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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.

Screen grab from @UHHilo webcam...here comes #Iselle.

Marvin Chun@808marv

Screen grab from @UHHilo webcam...here comes #Iselle.

12:15 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a disaster proclamation for Oahu.

The @mayorkirkhnl is proclaiming a state of emergency for Oahu.

Gordon Y.K. Pang@PangInTheHale

The @mayorkirkhnl is proclaiming a state of emergency for Oahu.

12:02 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The strongest winds from Hurricane Iselle should reach the Big Island of Hawaii tonight.

Worst 60-70 mph winds, gusting to 85 mph, associated with eye of #Iselle, are forecast to reach Big Island between 7 and 8 pm. #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

Worst 60-70 mph winds, gusting to 85 mph, associated with eye of #Iselle, are forecast to reach Big Island between 7 and 8 pm. #hiwx

2:54 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The National Weather Service said tropical storm-force winds will be felt across the islands beginning Thursday afternoon.

#Iselle onset times for sustained tropical storm winds (39+ mph): 4 pm Big Island, 9 pm Maui, 6 am Fri Oahu, 4 pm Fri Kauai. #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

#Iselle onset times for sustained tropical storm winds (39+ mph): 4 pm Big Island, 9 pm Maui, 6 am Fri Oahu, 4 pm Fri Kauai. #hiwx

2:46 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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.

BREAKING: All non-emergency state employees are being asked to not report to work tomorrow.

Hawaii News Now@HawaiiNewsNow

BREAKING: All non-emergency state employees are being asked to not report to work tomorrow.

3:32 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi has announced schools statewide will close on Friday, August 8. #Iselle

HI Dept of Education@HIDOE808

Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi has announced schools statewide will close on Friday, August 8. #Iselle

3:32 PM - 07 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Businesses on the Big Island were seen boarding up windows Wednesday afternoon ahead of Iselle.

Boarding up on downtown #Hilo #Iselle

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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.

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

Wind field forecast for Hurricane #Iselle brings hurricane force winds right over #Hilo. #hiwx

Brad Panovich@wxbrad

Wind field forecast for Hurricane #Iselle brings hurricane force winds right over #Hilo. #hiwx

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

JUST IN: Island Air will cancel flights to Maui & Lanai beginning Thursday afternoon & will suspend all flights on Friday, August 8.

Andrew Pereira@KITV_Reporter

JUST IN: Island Air will cancel flights to Maui & Lanai beginning Thursday afternoon & will suspend all flights on Friday, August 8.

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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.

Empty shelves at Wal Mart before Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle is set to hit Hawaii.

TheHomeDefender@TheHomeDefender

Empty shelves at Wal Mart before Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle is set to hit Hawaii.

10:36 PM - 06 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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.

#Iselle Update: Tropical storm WARNING for Oahu. Tropical storm WATCH for Kauai and Niihau. #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

#Iselle Update: Tropical storm WARNING for Oahu. Tropical storm WATCH for Kauai and Niihau. #hiwx

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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.

The entire state is also under a flash flood watch from Thursday 4 a.m. to Saturday 6 a.m.

No changes to the flash flood WATCH for the state of Hawaii from 4 AM Thursday to 6 AM HST Saturday. #Iselle #hiwx

NWSHonolulu@NWSHonolulu

No changes to the flash flood WATCH for the state of Hawaii from 4 AM Thursday to 6 AM HST Saturday. #Iselle #hiwx

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

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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