Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle weakens as it passes Kauai

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:18:45 AM HST
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 07:20:18 PM HST

Flash flood watch issued for state until 6 a.m. Saturday as Hurricane Julio follows behind Iselle, along a different route.

HONOLULU -

Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the Pahala side of the Big Island at around 2:30 a.m. Friday.  The storm has since moved over the Big Island and the center of Iselle is now offshore.

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The tropical storm warning has been cancelled for all Hawaii counties. The flash flood warning has been cancelled for the Big Island as well.

At 5 p.m. Friday, Iselle was about 140 miles south of Kailua-Kona.  It is moving west near 14 mph.  Forecasters say this general motion is expected to continue through early Sunday.

Click here for the latest track for Iselle.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Iselle may weaken to a depression in a day or two. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.  A wind gust of up to 68 mph was reported on Kahoolawe earlier Friday morning.

WIND

Gusty winds could still occur, along with heavier showers Friday, mainly for Kauai and Oahu.

RAINFALL

Localized additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches will be possible. These rains could result in flash flooding, especially in areas that are saturated from recent rainfall.

SURF

Swells generated by Iselle are producing large mainly along east and south facing shores. The surf will continue to gradually diminish.

HURRICANE JULIO

Right behind Iselle is Hurricane Julio.  It is about 680 miles east of Hilo. It is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph. This motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.

On this forecast track, Julio is expected to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Big Island on Sunday.

Click here for the latest track of Julio.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts.  Julio is a Category 2 hurricane. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Click here to see a satellite picture of Julio.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

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PHOTOS: Iselle storm damage, preps

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