Iselle Weakens, Makes Landfall as Tropical Storm

Published 08/08 2014 10:24AM

Updated 08/08 2014 10:36AM

Image taken just prior to Iselle moving inland
Image taken just prior to Iselle moving inland/NOAA/NWS
Iselle weakened into a tropical storm before making landfall early Friday morning, but it was still packing a punch of heavy rain and strong winds on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The center of the storm made landfall at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time in Hawaii with maximum sustained winds around 60 miles per hour. The storm weakened considerably as it approached the Big Island from hurricane-force winds to tropical storm force. Still though, flooding rains and mudslides are expected. In the National Weather Service chat room for Honolulu, there were isolated reports of tree and power line damage on the island of Hawaii.

This isn't the only storm churning up the Pacific Ocean. Right behind it is Hurricane Julio which is stronger. As of the latest forecast it appears the storm will miss the islands to the north.

The Pacific Ocean has been far more active than the Atlantic so far this hurricane season, already on named storm (Julio) whereas the Atlantic has only had Bertha. These names are given alphabetically, thus there have been ten named storms in the Pacific to two in the Atlantic so far.

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