Pair of Hurricanes Will Chase Tourists Off Hawaii Beaches

PHOTO: A Japanese couple walks past a sailing canoe on the beach after taking wedding pictures as two hurricanes approach the Hawaiian islands, in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 6, 2014.
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Beachgoers on the Big Island of Hawaii will have one final day at the water's edge today as the first of two hurricanes headed for the state are expected to make landfall tonight.

Hurricane Iselle will bring winds of up 65 mph and surf as high as 20 feet when it hits the Big Island sometime around 8 p.m. tonight. Beaches around the island have been flagged as "high hazard" areas by state authorities.

Hawaii Braces for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio

"Everybody says this is the last day of good weather, so we came down to the beach," tourist Shonna Snodgrass, visiting from Stafford, Virginia, told the Associated Press.

PHOTO: This image provided by NOAA taken Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio approaching Hawaii.
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PHOTO: This image provided by NOAA taken Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio approaching Hawaii.

The storm will move toward Oahu and Maui early Friday morning, drenching the most popular tourist destinations in the state with up to 8 inches of rain, with the potential for coastal flooding and wind damage.

Washington state couple Tracy Black and Chris Kreifels are planning to marry in an outdoor ceremony on Saturday, according to the AP.

PHOTO: Shoppers stock up on cases of bottled water and other supplies in preparation for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward Hawaii at the Iwilei Costco in Honolulu on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.
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PHOTO: Shoppers stock up on cases of bottled water and other supplies in preparation for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward Hawaii at the Iwilei Costco in Honolulu on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

"We see the rain as a blessing," Black said. "It will work out as it's supposed to."

On the heels of Iselle, a category 1 storm, is Hurricane Julio. Julio is expected to edge close to the islands Sunday night and Monday and is currently a Category 2 storm with winds of up to 100 mph.

Airlines including Delta, United, Alaskan and Hawaiian Air have all announced that passengers with reservations can rebook their travel plans free of charge to avoid the hurricane.

PHOTO: People lounge on Waikikis beaches in Honolulu on Aug. 6, 2014. Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years.
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PHOTO: People lounge on Waikiki's beaches in Honolulu on Aug. 6, 2014. Hawaii residents prepared for what could be the first hurricane to hit the state in more than 20 years.

Hawaii has not been directly hit by a hurricane in 22 years, and only three times since 1950, though it has endured nearly 150 tropical cyclones in that time, according to the AP. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 homes damaged during the 1992 hurricane.

The Big Island has been hit by one named tropical storm, and never a hurricane, according to ABC News meteorologists.

PHOTO: A Poipu Beach resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is heavily damaged following high winds and rain from Hurricane Iniki, Sept. 12, 1992.
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PHOTO: A Poipu Beach resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is heavily damaged following high winds and rain from Hurricane Iniki, Sept. 12, 1992.

The state has closed public schools in preparation for the storm.

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