Hawaii is just a day away from its first direct strike by a tropical system since Category 4 Hurricane Iniki made landfall on Kauai in 1992. And this time around, there could be a second hit just days later.
As of Wednesday morning, Hawaii time, Hurricane Iselle was still on track to make an unprecedented landfall on the southern half of the Big Island, with a Hurricane Warning now in effect for the Big Island. Due in part to its symmetry, at least one model predicts it will keep its hurricane status until landfall—in line with official forecasts. The last tropical system to impact the Big Island was a low-end tropical storm in 1958, which fizzled over the northern half, near Hilo. On its heels is Hurricane Julio, expected to make a close approach on Monday.
Heavy rain will be Iselle’s primary threat, in addition to coastal storm surge flooding and surf heights nearing 20 feet. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Iselle will create an atmosphere that’s loaded with water vapor, “near/over monthly record high values.” A flash flood watch is in effect across the entire state. Higher elevations on the Big Island could also see very strong winds,with gusts up to 85 mph. Read More