Tropical Storm Makes Landfall in Hawaii, First Time in Over 20 Years

By WTAJ News , Steve Newton

Published 08/08 2014 08:02PM

Updated 08/08 2014 08:09PM

HONOLULU – Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii early Friday morning, the first time in more than 20 years a tropical storm has made landfall on the island state.

Iselle made landfall around 2:30am local time Friday on the state’s Big Island, 5 miles east of Pahala. At 11pm Thursday, Iselle was downgraded to a Tropical Storm after maximum sustained winds were recorded at 60 miles per hour.

Hurricanes and tropical storms aren’t particularly common in Hawaii and both Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio have been on a path toward the state for several days now.

During preparations for the storm, a 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Big Island Thursday morning. Fortunately, there were no major injuries and damage was limited.

Julio, with sustained winds of just over 100 miles per hour, is listed Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane. The storm has been following Iselle and strengthening since its formation. Its current trajectory has it traveling just north of the islands, missing them by about 200 miles.

A total of 5 to 8 inches of rain is expected to fall on the state of Hawaii, and some locations may see totals close to one foot.

The last time a tropical storm made landfall in Hawaii was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane September 11, 1992 with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. Iniki caused $1.8 billion in damage and was responsible for six deaths.

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