Transcript for Hawaii Braces for Storms
Double trouble for the Hawaiian Islands today it's true hurricanes. Are moving in the first expected to hit tonight. There's mad dash at the airport for tourists and residents are boarding up and bracing for hurricanes -- -- and Julio. I'm Michelle Franzen in New York the first other hurricanes -- is expected to hit tonight and while some people are boarding up. Others are decking out on the beach you're looking at live pictures of beaches and Oahu. A little bit of surf kicking up there but still looks -- rank well people there Elaine. There in the sun even as the storm approaches ABC's claims and well on the island of Kona. Filed this report. -- Michelle under the weather doesn't look too bad here right now but that is all about to change for the worst as hurricane -- -- makes a direct hit here on the big island. Two hurricanes are barreling toward the Pacific island paradise of Hawaii. Forecasters say hurricane -- -- will be the first hurricane to smash into the islands in more than two decades. Experts hockey -- would. -- has so far is still packing quite a punch expected to hit Hawaii as a category one hurricane or strong tropical storm. The big island is on track to bear the brunt when -- -- makes landfall later tonight. It's going to impact all of the Hawaiian Islands in the form of heavy rains flash flooding. -- -- -- And right behind these -- hurricane polio now a category two storm which may strike a glancing blow to Hawaii's northern islands over the weekend. Hawaii has been directly hit by hurricanes the only twice in recorded history we've never seen. To land falling hurricanes across the Hawaiian Islands in a short stretch of time. State officials say they for the one -- whether punch. Urging residents to be prepared. To -- -- -- -- Water -- from. Pawlenty. Today announced the gas in the car and maybe -- rolls of -- phenomenal kid. Hawaiian Airlines is waving reservation change fees for passengers who need to Alter their travel plans because of the school. -- -- -- -- It gets done. And Michelle to find the last time that a -- made a direct hit here on the big island you have to go all the way back to 1958. Michelle. Like thank you for more on the back to back hurricanes I want to bring in AccuWeather is burning rain -- who has been tracking the storms. Burning give us an idea whereas -- Julio are now. He had backed satellite picture Michelle is worth. A thousand words right now because you can clearly see where you Zell is a red draw on this week and get your references here's the big island of Hawaii. Here is -- -- where the -- is so we're looking at some. Of the big island of Hawaii here is the idea -- es -- and it's also pushing to the west slightly northwest. Anywhere between seventeen and eighteen miles per hour now we'll look at the satellite the other thing that you could start to see is that the -- Is not clearly is visible as a was let's say a couple of hours ago in fact the latest advisory is out and these cell. Is barely -- hurricane 75 miles per hour. And I think is the movement continues to the west and in the north. That he's -- is going to weaken and I think it is unlikely. That it will be making landfall as a hurricane. As we -- in the latter half -- but tonight probably around midnight -- so. A Hawaiian time but that doesn't mean. That it's not going to have this be a storm that's -- -- have some big impacts as we go forward now what typically happens with these storms is what we're seeing right now as they moved to the west they start to weaken because the water east of Hawaii typically. Isn't his war now this year it's about a half the degree Warren. So that's what's helping -- Zell to kind of maintain its strength but what we're not really seeing though is winds in the upper part of the atmosphere being that strong. This is the last hurricane to hit the Hawaiian Islands and you notice that the track is much farther south. That what we're seeing with this sale will -- the Hawaiian Islands. And that allowed the system and -- to be become a hurricane strength thing and then this is the deadliest -- -- -- costliest hurricane. Ever to hit the Hawaiian Islands that hit. The island of co -- September 11 the ball dates back and when he 1992. So what has been. Some 64 years you'll notice another picture this is our water vapor -- One thing I want to show you here is another indication that indeed the of the cell is weakening. It is still going to be a storm though that's gonna have some huge impact -- want to show them here quickly as the system moves right across the southern part of the big island around midnight tonight. Now there is a possibility. That if this track doesn't go more northwest and stays west that that system could actually miss the big -- -- later on tonight. I don't think that's most the most likely scenario. But take a look at these impacts they are big especially for the big island of Hawaii where were looking at hurricane force wind gusts. Especially. In the higher elevations. There's going to be tremendous rains and flash flooding so we may have some power outages certainly there's going to be some flooding north side of the -- there's going to be certainly some -- high -- and even as the storm passes. -- you -- right east. The big -- going to start getting us well coming in or wind coming in from the southwest so that -- also caused some rough surf across the southern part of the island. Less Europe impact what you get -- let's say a -- who -- -- collide but even there are tropical storm force wind gusts and flooding is more of a concern there. Now listen this is going to be a big. Impact storm for the island of Hawaii. But I don't think it's going to be a hurricane as it impacts the big island later on tonight. Exactly so even though it's not a hurricane as you mentioned it could still do a lot of damage than let's talk about the storm -- real quickly right behind it Julio what sort of damage could that bring. What -- -- Coolio and listen that's far out. And I want to tell you the track is a little uncertain. But it seems like that system as it pulls -- -- what -- eastward and northward will probably weaken it may bypass the to the north. Will keep an eye on that you know we may not have any hurricane land -- systems across Hawaii. We'll have to take a look at -- -- tonight and keep close watch of Julio. Thank you Bernie certainly water and a wind event thank you very much. You can keep up with the story in real time by downloading the ABC news -- starring in this story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.
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