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2 major storms, Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio, headed toward Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- Two storms are headed for Hawaii later this week in an unusual one-two punch that could be an effect of a developing El Nino pattern, the National Weather Service said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued advisories Tuesday for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio.

Iselle could be hitting Hawaii by Friday and Julio two or three days after that, said James Franklin, the chief of hurricane specialists.

"There's enough uncertainty in the track that it's too soon to talk specific impacts," Franklin said.

Iselle is expected to weaken.

"Right now it's a major hurricane but it will not be able to maintain that strength," he said. "But it still could be at or near hurricane strength."

The outlook for Julio is more uncertain.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu is taking over responsibility and would issue any hurricane watches or warnings.

Two big storms so close together in the eastern Pacific are rare but not unexpected in years with a developing El Nino, a change in ocean temperature that affects weather around the world.

"It's certainly pretty rare," Franklin said. "The central Pacific doesn't see nearly the activity that the Atlantic sees."

When an El Nino develops, "those are the kinds of years you see more activity," he said.

"You get more activity so the risk of impact goes up in El Nino years," Franklin said.

Hurricane Iselle Heads to Hawaii, Tailed by Tropical Storm Julio

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ranger197172 August 05 2014 at 11:46 AM

What is scary here is i am 65 years old and i haven't seen a weather person get a forecast right yet. :(

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adventurewest ranger197172 August 05 2014 at 1:12 PM

That's because they can't even name their profession correctly. Meteorologist. Ology is the study of. Ologist would be the one doing the studying. So a meteorologist would be one that studies meteors. They study radar maps, not meteors.

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cardiacbuzz adventurewest August 05 2014 at 2:53 PM

Actually, 'meteor' is a homonym which involves atmospheric phenomenon.

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Debra adventurewest August 05 2014 at 4:48 PM

adventurewest, you are rude and disrespectful. Grow up and get a job. Or go back to bed and sleep it off please. Leave your nasty comments to yourself.
I'm sure you are an ingrate and unemployed right? Do you speak to your parents and friends this way? yep, I thought so. Nice.

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k_hinkel August 05 2014 at 11:59 AM

El N forming, El N maybe forming, No El N, now SURPRISE El N has 2 hurricanes. WOW! Great weather forecasting. Does this mean--maybe--West Coast will get drought relief? Or will Feds use HAARP to block the rain? Maybe?

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mgt0331 August 05 2014 at 12:08 PM

Good ole Al Gore working his weather machine. Get em Al!!! Oh, by the way, please give me good weather this Saturday, I have a block party to go to. Thanks Al.

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ChisnaAlaska August 05 2014 at 11:50 AM

It's all interconnected. And the number of variables that impact climate are really mind boggling. Case in point....

Rapid warming of the Atlantic Ocean, likely caused by global warming,
turbo charged Pacific Equatorial trade winds. This caused eastern tropical Pacific cooling, possibly delayed the formation of El Nino, amplified the Californian drought, accelerated sea level rise three times faster than the global average in the Western Pacific and has slowed the rise of global average surface temperatures since 2001.

*But with a possible El Nino forming in the Pacific. This could change the rate of warming.


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akauhu August 05 2014 at 12:27 PM

I know Obama is sending some illegal kids to Hawaii but I didn't know Iselle and Julio are among them

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m4christ2 August 05 2014 at 4:07 PM

two at the same time? ouch!

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dwtomczyk August 05 2014 at 4:16 PM

hurricane is atlantic. typhoon is pacific. hawaii is in the pacific.

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brooks1161 dwtomczyk August 05 2014 at 10:30 PM

Ur partially correct Dumdwtomczykshit, in the pacific (the western pacific) they are cyclones/typhoons. Hawaii has always been hit by Hurricanes. tomatos tomatoes patadas potatoez. :-)

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dwtomczyk brooks1161 August 06 2014 at 6:44 AM

read your grade school geography.

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dan_crabtree August 05 2014 at 6:28 PM

Californai in dire straights with no water fires and drought...hawaii is next for the liberal curse to seek revenge..

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Lindsay dan_crabtree August 05 2014 at 11:04 PM

Hah...you guys with your use of liberal constantly is embarrassing to the country.
You sound like 6 year olds.

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losangelesemt August 05 2014 at 7:52 PM

Julio's already made it to California

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Elton August 05 2014 at 3:22 PM


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