The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore in the overnight hours Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.
Tropical Storm Iselle’s eye swept onto shore about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph at 2:30 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, and Hurricane Julio, a Category 3 storm, is about 1,000 miles behind in the Pacific.
No deaths or major injuries were reported. So far the extent of damage across the Big Island has been limited to downed trees and some roof damage, John Drummond of Hawaii County Civil Defense said. At one point there were 33,000 homes without power. The latest number is at 21,000, Drummond said.