Hawaii Largely Dodges One-Two Storm Punch
HONOLULU (AP) — The one-two hurricane punch that was supposed to hit Hawaii is looking more like a jab and a missed left hook.
The Big Island took the brunt of a weakening Tropical Storm Iselle (ee-SEHL') on Thursday night and early Friday. The storm knocked down power lines, phones and trees but did not cause major damage or injuries.
By Friday afternoon, people were out and about throughout Hawaii. On Oahu, surfers rode waves where they could, despite a warning from lifeguards that they would only respond to emergency calls.
Now Hurricane Julio is expected to pass roughly 160 miles northeast of the islands at its closest point early Sunday.
The state Department of Health is warning the public to stay out of floodwaters and storm-water runoff across Hawaii because they are known to attract sharks as they wash dead animals into the ocean.
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