(CNN) — The tropical storm “Iselle” has arrived in Hawaii Friday. The big island got hit first with wind and rain pummeling the town of Hilo in the overnight hours. The storm weakened as it approached the islands and dropped below hurricane strength just before making landfall.
The big island was expecting the brunt of the storm, and residents were fearful enough that 630 people headed to shelters. “Iselle” could still bring up to 12 inches of rain, life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and mudslides.
Now the storm is continuing onto the islands of Maui, Oahu and Kauai. Right behind “Iselle” is hurricane “Julio.” It’s expected to brush by the state over the weekend. Possibly churning up more wind and dangerous flooding.
If “Iselle” had remained a hurricane, it would have been the first to hit Hawaii in decades.