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Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii

HONOLULU — As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands on Friday, residents and tourists wandered the beaches of Oahu and surfers took to the waves as wind and rain let up.

The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system behind it also weakened and was on track to pass north of the islands early Sunday.

Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island in a sparsely populated area. There have been no reports of major injuries, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Friday.

Those staying in shelters were told to return home, while crews and some residents used chain saws to clear trees from roads.

Honolulu's lifeguard division said about a dozen surfers were riding waves Friday at a spot nicknamed "Suicides," near the popular Diamond Head crater.

On Oahu's south shore, near Honolulu, the cloudy skies started to give way to patches of blue as tourists and residents ventured out to see the surf.

"We've never seen the water crash into the rocks the way they are. It's just beautiful," said Army Sgt. Steven Reyes.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio, about 750 miles east of the Big Island, was a Category 2 storm. Weather officials predicted it would continue to weaken and move north of the island chain.

Wind, rain eases as tropical storm passes Hawaii 08/08/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 9:49pm]
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