Photos: NOAA-CPHC and hawaiinewsnow.com
Residents of Hawaii are preparing for back-to-back Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Over the last 2 days, they packed stores and cleared shelves of hurricane supplies, bottled water and food as Hurricane Iselle heads toward them first. In the above photo, a store in Lahaina was boarded up with plywood.
As of 2 p.m. HST on Wednesday, the National Weather Service Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu advisory stated Hurricane Iselle was 542 miles east southeast of Hilo and 770 miles ESE of Honolulu. Iselle’s maximum sustained winds were 90 miles per hour. The hurricane was moving WNW at 16 mph.
As of late Wednesday night, a hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii County. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Maui. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Hawaii County, according to http://www.hawaii.com. Local officials announced schools will remain closed for Thursday and Friday. Residents in Maui are urged to conserve water. Military aircraft also were brought inside hangars.
Hurricane Julio is 1,500 miles east of the Big Island of Hawaii and moving WNW at 10-15 mph, according to the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.