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Hawaiians Rush to Stock Up on Supplies Ahead of Storms

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A hurricane and tropical storm were barreling toward Hawaii on Tuesday as islanders hurried to stores to scavenge for supplies ahead of what forecasters warned could be an extremely rare one-two punch. Hurricane Iselle was about 1,000 miles away from the main Hawaiian islands just after 8 p.m. ET Tuesday and was churning towards the state at 13 miles per hour after weakening a bit overnight, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Julio is “moving quickly west” and trailing behind Iselle, according to the National Hurricane Service.

Islanders descended on stores and markets Tuesday, loading their carts with bottled water, batteries and other provisions, according to NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now. "Days like today, in a situation like this, we just throw open the doors and hold on for the ride," Scott Ankrom, assistant general manager of a Costco in Honolulu, told the Associated Press.

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