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Double trouble for Hawaii, as storm Iselle and Julio head towards island

Published on Aug 8, 2014 10:26 PM

KIHEI (AFP) - Storm Iselle lost steam as it lashed Hawaii with strong winds and heavy rain early Friday, as a second, more powerful storm headed for the holiday paradise.

While forecasters downgraded Iselle to a tropical storm from a hurricane shortly before it was due to make landfall on the Big Island, the ferocious system still spawned dangerous swells, cut power and snapped trees.

Lurking not far behind was Category 3 Hurricane Julio, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour as it, too, approached the popular archipelago, the Central Pacific Hurricane Centre (CPHC) said.

Iselle unleashed damaging wind and rain, with local media reporting power outages, downed trees and road closures. Rainfall of up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) was expected, with forecasters warning of "life-threatening flash floods as well as rock and mud slides."

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