Back to Vacation for Hawaii Tourists After Back-to-Back Tropical Storm Iselle & Hurricane Julio
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | August 12, 2014 11:55 AM EST
Tourists on Hawaii are now back to enjoying their vacation after back-to-back Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio have passed the island.
A surfer makes his way into the sea as tropical storm Neoguri approaches, at Shichirigahama beach in Kamakura, south of Tokyo July 11, 2014. Heavy rain battered a wide swathe of Japan on Thursday, sending rivers over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened but still dangerous storm made landfall and headed east, leaving three people dead. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
As early as Saturday at the Waikiki Beach, umbrellas, surfboards and kayaks were already up despite the absence of power supply and the presence of downed trees that had blocked roads.
"We are open for business," Tom Evans, acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, told USA TODAY. "All the Islands were affected by the tropical storm but just imagine with all that heavy rain that we had, another heavy rain event on top of it. We're very fortunate that Julio has moved further north along its track."
Early on Friday, Iselle made landfall over the lower Puna region in the isolated southeastern part of the island. Its heavy rain and violent winds toppled down trees.
The isolated, jungle-like Puna region has no access to electricity right now,
"It's like camping right now," local Gene Lamkin told the AP. Power supply shut down on the island as early as 8:30 p.m. Thursday. "We're using water from our catchment system to bathe ourselves, shampoo our hair - trying to remain in a civilized manner."
Andrew Fujimura, another local, said he and others spent Saturday slicing trees that blocked the roads. "The government road is unpassable and probably will be for a week or two," he said.
Iselle had been the first tropical storm to specifically target Hawaii in 22 years. The last time Hawaii encountered a major system was in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai.
About 25,000 people lost electricity due to Iselle.
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