Officials in Hawaii breathed a sigh of relief as one tropical system passed over the Big Island, causing limited damage, and a second system set its sights away from the island chain.
“We dodged a bullet,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Just two days ago, the situation looked bleak. Two hurricanes were on the way — Iselle and Julio.
Hawaii hadn’t taken a direct hit from a hurricane since the 1990s. This had people’s attention.
But Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm in the hours before Friday’s landfall. Hurricane Julio, a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds at the latest update, is expected to weaken and push north of Hawaii over the weekend, forecasters said.
“Julio is expected to pass about 200 miles northeast of the Big Island on Sunday,” the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.