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Thursday morning Tropics check: Quiet Atlantic, Hawaii Under the Gun

Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio tracks
Posted at 5:02 AM, Aug 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-07 05:02:00-04

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - Bertha is a distant memory now and the entire Atlantic Basin remains on the quiet side.  Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio look to impact Hawaii head on.  Iselle will make landfall on the Big Island late tonight either as a weak Category 1 hurricane or strong Tropical Storm.  Either way, Hawaiians aren't really used to seeing tropical systems as they haven't been hit by a hurricane directly since 1992.  They've only seen 2 hurricanes total since the 1950s.  Officials are trying to keep the ports open as long as possible since many of the good, including emergency items, are imported.  Hurricane warnings are currently in effect for the Big Island.  Hurricane Julio is close behind and the system is a lot larger.  So, even though the system will veer to the north of the islands,  it still looks like Hawaii will see some negative impacts from that system as well.  As it advances towards Hawaii this weekend, it is forecast to weaken to Tropical Storm strength.