Iselle Makes Landfall in Hawaii, Julio Should Miss to the North

Hurricane Iselle fell apart in a spectacular manner after making landfall on the Big Island last night weakening from a hurricane last night to a 50 MPH tropical storm this afternoon. The storm is now south of Oahu and falling apart quickly.

Hilo reported a wind gust of 56 MPH as the storm came through, and Mauna Kea reported a 91 MPH gust. Radar estimates show that Iselle dropped as much as 8 to 10 or more inches of rain on the Big Island.

Hurricane Julio is on Iselle's heels, and should miss the archipelago to its north.

As Iselle weakened to a tropical storm before making landfall, 1992's Hurricane Iniki stays in the record books as the last hurricane to strike Hawaii. Iselle is, however, the strongest storm to hit the state since Iniki.

How well did the media cover the "tropical double trouble?" Meteorological legend James Spann summed it up nicely:

And that's the news.

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