Tropical Storm Iselle delivered torrential downpours and heavy winds to Hawaii's main island on Friday, leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. The Big Island, Maui County, Oahu and Kauai County remained under tropical storm warnings Friday morning local time, according to the National Weather Service. The storm already knocked out power to 21,900 customers across the mainland, according to Hawaii Electric Light. Nearly a foot of rain deluged Saddle Quarry, Hawaii, while other areas had accumulated 3 to 10 inches, according to Weather.com.
While Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall at 2:45 a.m. local time (8:45 a.m. ET), officials warned residents not to let their guard down amid less-than-expected destruction. “The National Weather Service has advised that there is still a risk, especially from downpours and gusty winds," Gov. Neil Abercrombie warned. The storm is expected to bring similar conditions to Hawaii's smaller islands through Friday night. And residents of Hawaii would have to stay vigilant through the weekend as a category 3 hurricane followed 900 miles behind Iselle. Hurricane Julio was expected to pass north of the islands but could produce residual surf swells and heavy winds in the region on Saturday and Sunday, according to Weather.com.
— Elisha Fieldstadt
First published August 8 2014, 1:41 PM