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Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 7, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

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This Aug. 5, 2014, satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes — Iselle at center and Julio at right — bearing down on Hawaii, top left. Hurricane Iselle is expected to reach Hawaii Thursday night, Aug. 7, 2014. Tracking close behind it is Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.

HONOLULU — Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn’t — and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years. Tracking close behind it was Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.

State officials are assuring the islands are ready and people should prepare but not panic. Tourists on Wednesday tried to get in some last-minute beach time before the surf’s up, but ugly. And residents are making bottled water tougher to find than a cheap fruity cocktail.

Travelers got their first word of disrupted flights Thursday, when commuter airline Island Air said it was canceling some afternoon flights between the islands and shutting down all operations Friday.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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