08-09-2014 02:36 PM
Editor’s note: Doug "Nords" Nordman is an Oahu resident, a retired Navy officer, a USAA Member Community guest blogger and an avid surfer. Below is his firsthand account of Tropical Storm Iselle and Hurricane Julio.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 10:37 a.m. UTC - We dodged a bullet. The Big Island (Hawaii island) bore the brunt of it, with some downed power lines and trees. No reported deaths or injuries. The rain was epic, and the runoff made tiny little Rainbow Falls (by Hilo) look like Niagara Falls.
Oahu had a few power outages in rural areas, but they were brief. (We didn't have any power problems.) Winds were gusting up to 50 knots, but most of the day was just steady rain. We'll probably have more of that tonight and tomorrow, but it should clear up by Sunday.
Hurricane Julio will be passing north of Oahu, and right now it looks like we'll just get a little rain along with the typical trade winds. But that depends on how the track moves past the Big Island... it's unusual for a hurricane to venture this far to the north.
The meteorology researchers are pretty excited. It's the first time in recorded history that a hurricane has gone directly over the Big Island. After pounding Hilo, the hurricane ran into the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, which slowed it down and forced it south of the rest of the islands. Meanwhile the high-altitude trade winds tore the top off the storm and the rest of it fell apart as it splattered to the west.
Weather permitting, I'll be back on my long board for dawn patrol on Monday morning!
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