Hawaii relief but warnings as second storm heads for islands
Published on Aug 9, 2014 6:38 AM
KIHEI, United States (AFP) - Hawaii breathed a sigh of relief after escaping serious damage from Tropical Storm Iselle on Friday, but officials warned the holiday paradise was not out of the woods as a hurricane churned towards the islands.
The Pacific Ocean idyll has spent the week bracing for the unprecedented one-two punch from two powerful storms, Iselle and Julio, expected to make a direct hit on the islands.
But Iselle lost steam as it lashed Hawaii with strong winds and heavy rain early Friday, causing only minimal damage on the Big Island and Maui, where some trees were downed and roads were closed.
Hawaii officials said at the height of the storm about 1,000 people had huddled in shelters on the Big Island, with most having already returned home by Friday morning.
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