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Historic Iselle Dumps Heavy Rain, Brings Strong Winds to Hawaii

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
August 10, 2014; 1:27 AM ET

Strong winds, heavy rains and power outages were the calling cards Tropical Storm Iselle left behind in the Hawaiian Islands.

No major injuries were reported, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.

The storm, once a hurricane before weakening at landfall early Friday, dumped more than 1 foot of rain across the Big Island of Hawaii and brought hurricane-force winds to the area.

Iselle was one of four named tropical systems in the Pacific at the same time this past week.

"Dry air, wind shear and cooler waters just east of Hawaii lead to it gradually weakening as it approached the Big Island," Meteorologist Randy Adkins Jr. said.

Iselle is the strongest tropical system to make landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii since reliable records began in 1950.

"And it is quite rare for a tropical storm to make landfall in Hawaii from the east," Adkins said. "That said, it's clearly not impossible. There have been several close calls over the past couple of decades, namely Hurricane Jimena in 2003, which brought gusts as high as 53 mph to the southern portion of the Big Island and Hurricane Flossie in 2007 passed about 100 miles to the south of Hawaii."

More than 15 inches of rain fell at the Kulani National Wildlife Reserve while another 14.7 inches fell at Saddle Road Quarry and 14.08 inches fell in Glenwood.

Less rain fell across Maui with 5.51 inches falling at Puu Kukui and 2.34 inches at Pukalani. SIx-point-six inches of rain fell at Kilohana, Kauai.

Before Iselle, there were 10 tropical systems that passed within 75 miles of Hawaii since 1950. (Photo/NWS?Central Pacific Hurricane Center)

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Mauna Kea clocked a maximum wind gust of 91 mph from the storm. Other major wind gusts included 72 mph at Oahu Forest National Wildlife Reserve, 67 mph at Kealialalo, Kahoolawe, and 66 mph at Pali on the Big Island.

Thousands of residents lost electricity as a result of the storm.

Hawaiian Electric responded to power outages affecting about 1,500 customers in Hauula, Kaawa, Kahuku and other portions of Windward Oahu. Earlier Friday, crews restored outages affecting 4,500 customers in parts of Makaha, Maunawili, Wahiawa and portions of the Leeward Coast.

Maui Electric said it restored power to about 7,750 customers who lost service Friday due to high winds and heavy rains in areas throughout Maui, including Pukalani and Haiku to Hana.

Airports across the state were open late Friday. No damage was reported at the airports, except for the Lanai Airport, Hawaii transportation officials said.

A roof blew off a maintenance building and doors blew off the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting station at Lanai.

Honolulu avoided trouble from the storms.

Saturday's election with gubernatorial and congressional primaries on the ballot was scheduled to be held as planned, state Attorney General David Louie said.

With a double rainbow in the background, a surfer paddles to shore in Honolulu on Friday, Aug, 8, 2014. Iselle came ashore as a weakened tropical storm, while Hurricane Julio, close behind it, strengthened and is forecasted to pass north of the islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

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