UPDATE: The National Weather Service says the eye of Tropical Storm Iselle has made landfall on Hawaii’s Big Island. It is the first hurricane or tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, and another hurricane is following in its path. Hurricane Julio, a Category 3 storm, is about 1,000 miles behind in the Pacific. Iselle’s eye swept onto shore about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph at 2:30 a.m.
HONOLULU, HAWAII — Store shelves are wiped out, sandbags are filled, windows are boarded and beaches are ghost towns as Hawaiians prepare for double tropical trouble.
Not one, but two hurricanes are heading their way.
First up — Hurricane Iselle. It’s expected to become the first hurricane to the hit the state in 22 years, when it makes landfall Thursday evening.
Iselle, on track to pass over the Big Island of Hawaii as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, could bring up to 12 inches of rain, life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and mudslides, forecasters say.
Hurricane Julio is churning on Iselle’s heels.
Julio could slam the islands two days later, though forecasters expect it to brush the state only with its outer bands as it passes to the north as a weakened tropical storm.