Eye of storm makes landfall in Hawaii

Businesses boarding up as hurricane expected

HAWAII - Tropical storms Iselle and Julio are expected to impact Hawaii today and through the weekend, and rain has already begun to fall.

Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm early this morning when it made landfall in Hawaii's Big Island. Julio is predicted to strengthen to a hurricane.

The state last saw a hurricane in the early 1990s, and storms like this hitting it are rare -- especially two at the same time.


To defy odds even further, Hurricane Julio, which will likely be a tropical storm by the weekend, is going to skirt just north of the Pacific island chain on Saturday and Sunday.


Hurricane warnings were issued for the big island and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the other islands.

Since 1950, there have only been 23 tropical storms and hurricanes that passed within 200 miles of Hawaii. That's roughly one tropical cyclone every two or three years.


If you only consider storms within 75 miles of the islands, that number drops to 10.


Most of the time, hurricanes and tropical storms approaching Hawaii do one of two things: They either change directions and avoid the island or they weaken considerably into depressions. (It's just the opposite of what people do when thinking of traveling there.)

The last time anything similar to this happening was in July 1994. Hurricane Emilia passed just south of the island in late July. Not long after, Tropical Storm Fabio, which had weakened into a depression at that point, moved just south of the islands, too.

In this case, neither storm made a direct hit nor did they cause much damage.

The next few days look like it'll be more intense and more dangerous this time around.

Also this week, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit near Waimea, Hawaii.

Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyers contributed to this report. Follow him via the Storm Shield app on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.

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