Hawaii Set to Experience First Hurricanes in 22 Years
The Aloha State has made it through more than two decades of hurricane season unscathed, but now, not one but two severe hurricanes are headed its way. Meteorologists predicted the first storm, Hurricane Iselle, to weaken as it moved toward the Pacific, but 90-mph winds proved them wrong. The fast-moving storm is expected to hit big tonight.
Heavy rains, wind gusts and floods are anticipated, yet state officials are encouraging residents to prepare and not panic. Hawaii's governor, Neil Abercrombie, already signed an emergency proclamation to give officials access to a disaster fund, while locals are hurrying to stores to stock up on necessities. Although authorities aren't anticipating major problems, the combination of two storms hitting at once could cause some serious damage. Hurricane Julio upgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday night and is expected to hit the islands on Sunday. The National Hurricane Center reported that Julio is still more than 1,000 miles away from Hawaii, so its fate is still up for debate. As it moves closer, meteorologists believe it will weaken, though there's still a chance it could be more brutal than foreseen.
Meanwhile, Hawaiians and tourists are taking advantage of the last good day of weather before the brewing storms reach land.
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