Tropical Storm To Hit Big Island With Another One To Follow
Heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas will affect all the islands, and will bring big surf during the second half of the second week of August.
However, it’s a second system, tropical storm Julio, that bears watching more closely. While Iselle is expected to become a tropical storm by the time it reaches Hawaii, AccuWeather.com warns that Julio is also churning over the eastern Pacific and is forecast to become a hurricane and track towards the Hawaiian Islands right on the heels of Iselle.
AccuWeather meteorologists believe that this storm will approach the chain of islands late in the weekend or early next week. However, the exact track that it will take remains uncertain.
According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, “Julio will be passing over waters churned up and cooled by Iselle, which argues for weakening after initial strengthening.”
It is possible that the impacts of Julio could be greater than those of Iselle, especially if it tracks just to the north of the islands.
However, even as a tropical storm, Iselle will still pack a punch. Heavy rain, gusty winds and building seas and surf will affect the islands during the second half of the week. There is a possibility of isolated incidents of flash flooding, mudslides and damaging wind gusts.
“Tropical storm-force winds will cause at least scattered power failures on the islands, including in the City of Honolulu,” said Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.
The Big Island of Hawaii will be the first to feel the impacts from Iselle as it is forecast to reach the island by Thursday night, local time. It is expected to take a direct hit from the storm before passing just south of the smaller islands, such as Maui or Oahu. The northern and eastern portions of the islands will likely feel greater effects than the southern and western sides.