HAWAII – Hawaii is preparing for two major storm systems this week, beginning with Hurricane Iselle, which is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall on Thursday. Hurricane Julio is expected on Saturday, again after weakening into a tropical storm. Hawaii Public Radio’s Bill Dorman says residents and tourists are getting ready for the heavy rains, rough seas and 60 mph winds expected from the storms: “School officials across Hawaii County and Maui County have already cancelled classes for Thursday. The same day, the National Weather Service says a flash flood warning will cover the entire island chain. That includes the most populous island of Oahu … home to Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the tourist magnet of Waikiki Beach.” Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management urges residents to have seven days’ worth of supplies on hand. “With Hawaii’s remoteness it could be as long as a week before a full disaster relief operation can be initiated,” the department says in a statement. Officials also encouraged residents to vote early in the state’s primary election, scheduled for Saturday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. More
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