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    Rough Surf From Julio Pounding Hawaii

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    August 12, 2014, 5:35:29 AM EDT

    While residents cleaning up from Iselle can breathe a sigh of relief that the worst of Julio will bypass Hawaii, the islands are not totally in the clear from the hurricane's outer effects.

    Julio is located about 395 miles to the northeast of Honolulu, Hawaii and it is tracking northwestward over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

    With such a large distance between Hawaii and Julio, it will keep the storms damaging winds and widespread torrential rain well to the north of the islands.


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    Julio will also continue to weaken as it heads over the cooler waters north of Hawaii, becoming a tropical storm by late in the day on Monday.

    However, the weakening trend of Julio and its farther-north track does not put Hawaii in the clear for any renewed tropical impacts.

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    After subsiding some in the wake of Iselle, the rip current danger and rough surf has become a serious threat once again across the northern- and eastern-facing shores.

    Swells are projected to rise as high as 12 to 15 feet, creating extremely hazardous conditions for swimmers and inexperienced boarders. Conditions will also become dangerous for operators of small craft.


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    Seas will begin to subside later on Sunday night along the beaches of the Big Island and then around Oahu and Kauai on Monday.

    While far from a repeat of Iselle, a few locally drenching showers may occur through Monday as the storm passes directly to the north and moisture wrapping into the storm moves through.

    Some of these showers may even occur on the typically drier southern and western slopes of the islands, which includes Honolulu.


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    While the majority of the showers will be more of an unwelcome sight to those cleaning up from Iselle and vacationers, any isolated drenching showers could trigger flash flooding. That is especially true where torrential rain from Iselle left the ground unable to absorb much additional rain.

    The departure of Julio will give way to more typical trade-wind showers across Hawaii by midweek with no new tropical threat for the islands on the horizon.

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