Hawaii Faces Impact of Tropical Storm Iselle

The island state deals with the aftermath of recent storm, prepares for next one.
2:34 | 08/09/14

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Now to Hawaii which is paradise underwater right now. Hit hard by a rare tropical storm, part one, in fact, of a double barreled extreme weather threat. The state has not been in a situation like this for decades and ABC's Clayton Sandell is in Hilo, Hawaii, with the latest. Good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning. Iselle is now gone but there is still plenty of cleanup to be done and now everyone is nervously watching for Julio, now just about 600 miles offshore. This morning, crews are breaking down debris after the first tropical storm in 20 years brought large waves and heavy winds to Hawaii's big island threatening the area with landslides as residents dig out of the damage. Anybody here? Reporter: Iselle's fury helped destroy this structure. Powerful gusts leveled hundreds of giant trees that took power lines down with them. Crews are scrambling to get the lights back on. It was scary. It was scary. You don't really experience winds like that here in Hawaii. Reporter: Tractors are helping to clear the path for people cut off from the outside world. Drivers stranded on roads and tourist destinations turned into boarded ghost towns. Everything is okay, you know, except for no power. No water. Reporter: The big island was soaked with rain. Some areas drenched with over a foot. This is rainbow falls near Hilo on Thursday. And this is what it looks like now. This rainbow on maui, a sign the worst had passed but storm weary residents and tourists have a message for the approaching hurricane Julio. Stay that way. Keep going that way. Reporter: And for now that storm is expected to barely miss. And there's one other potential danger here, state officials are warning people to stay out of the storm runoff because wild dead animals can be washed downstream into the ocean and that can attract sharks. Paula. Wow. Thank you very much, Clayton Sandell and tracking all this developing weather Julie Durda of our ABC Miami station WPLG. Julie, good morning. I'm no stranger to that but our friends in the hawaiian islands are and had to deal with iselle yesterday and we are watching hurricane Julio just east of the big island. Now, this is expected to push toward the west-northwest. The big concern with this system, it's going to slow down its forward progress as we go into tomorrow. The good news is the actual center of circulation of this system will stay well offshore but those outer bands could bring even more rainfall to parts of the hawaiian islands that had to deal with heavy rain already. I'll have more on this and some severe weather that occurred

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