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2191827 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-08-07 02:03:48.0 UTC 2014-08-06T22:03:48.000-04:00 hurricane-iselle-gains-strength-as-it-nears-hawaii published 2014-08-07 02:42:49.0 UTC 2014-08-06T22:42:49.000-04:00 news/weather/hurricanes DTI 123715506 HONOLULU — Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years as weather officials said Wednesday that an approaching storm appears to have strengthened and will probably maintain its speed as it heads toward the islands. Hurricane Iselle loomed about 600 miles east of Hilo, spinning at about 85 mph, forecasters said. It previously had been expected to weaken significantly before reaching land. The storm is expected to lash the Big Island today with damaging winds, heavy rains and high surf. It's now on track to remain hurricane-strength or weaken to a strong tropical storm, said meteorologist Derek Wroe. Hurricane Julio, meanwhile, swirled closely behind at about 75 mph. Forecasters expect it to strengthen slowly and pass north of the Big Island this weekend. Lixion Avlia, senior hurricane forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said Hurricane Julio remained too far away to accurately predict its path. The two Category 1 hurricanes have disrupted tourism, prompted flash-flood warnings and led to school closures. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, meanwhile, signed an emergency proclamation allowing officials to tap into a disaster fund set aside by the state Legislature. Hawaii has been hit directly by hurricanes only three times since 1950, though the region has had 147 tropical cyclones over that time. The last time Hawaii was hit by a tropical storm or hurricane was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai, said meteorologist Eric Lau. Associated Press News, Weather, Hurricanes Hurricane Iselle gains strength as it nears Hawaii By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and As one hurricane heads toward the islands, another swirls close behind. 4STA Main Hawaii braces for storms AP DATASTREAM TEST 3 Associated Press hawaii080714 Hawaii braces for storms 2014-08-07 04:00:00.0 UTC 2014-08-07T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 This image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday shows Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, right, in the Pacific Ocean. &#65279; /resources/images/dti/2014/08/0434104241_13633918.jpg NOAA /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/0434104241_13633918_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/0434104241_13633918_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2014/08/06/123715506-hurricane-iselle-gains-strength-as-it-nears-hawaii StaffArticle news,weatherWeather NewsHONOLULU — Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years as weather officials said Wednesday that an approaching storm appears to have strengthened and will probably maintain its speed as it heads toward the islands.News, Weather, HurricanesNews, Weather, Hurricanes<span style="display:none;" class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Associated Press</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.ap.org/company/Terms-conditions" id="license-2191827">Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.</a>Associated Press 2287922 2016-08-03 21:13:14.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago tropical-storm-earl-expected-to-become-hurricane-by-landfall-targets news/weather/hurricanes Earl upgraded to hurricane as it nears Belize (w/tracking map) StaffArticle 2291285 2016-08-28 16:34:24.0 UTC 1 Day Ago hurricane-gaston-strengthens-but-poses-no-threat-to-land news/weather Hurricane Gaston strengthens but poses no threat to land StaffArticle 2289135 2016-08-11 18:19:48.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago forecasters-a-busier-atlantic-hurricane-season-is-more-likely news/weather/hurricanes Forecasters: Brace yourself for this hurricane season to get a lot busier StaffArticle <p>HONOLULU — Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years as weather officials said Wednesday that an approaching storm appears to have strengthened and will probably maintain its speed as it heads toward the islands. </p> <p>Hurricane Iselle loomed about 600 miles east of Hilo, spinning at about 85 mph, forecasters said. It previously had been expected to weaken significantly before reaching land. </p> <p>The storm is expected to lash the Big Island today with damaging winds, heavy rains and high surf. It's now on track to remain hurricane-strength or weaken to a strong tropical storm, said meteorologist Derek Wroe. </p> <p>Hurricane Julio, meanwhile, swirled closely behind at about 75 mph. Forecasters expect it to strengthen slowly and pass north of the Big Island this weekend. </p> <p>Lixion Avlia, senior hurricane forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said Hurricane Julio remained too far away to accurately predict its path. </p> <p>The two Category 1 hurricanes have disrupted tourism, prompted flash-flood warnings and led to school closures. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, meanwhile, signed an emergency proclamation allowing officials to tap into a disaster fund set aside by the state Legislature.</p> <p>Hawaii has been hit directly by hurricanes only three times since 1950, though the region has had 147 tropical cyclones over that time. The last time Hawaii was hit by a tropical storm or hurricane was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai, said meteorologist Eric Lau.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:36:20