Hawaii gears up for double hurricanes

BY Anna Christiansen  August 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM EST

This satellite image from the National Weather Service shows the central Pacific Ocean where two storms are approaching the Hawaiian islands. The image will be updated by the NWS. For reference, UTC is four hours ahead of EDT.

Hawaii is under a tropical storm warning as two hurricanes spin their way across the Pacific ocean. Residents are bracing themselves for torrential winds, rains and flooding, all of which are likely to cause power disruptions on the Islands.

Iselle, a category 4 hurricane on Monday, was reduced to a category 1 Wednesday. It is trailed by Julio, which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Wednesday. They are moving at wind speeds of 90 mph and 75 mph, respectively. Maui and the big Island of Hawaii are expected to feel the storms’ greatest impact.

Although both hurricanes are expected to pass within three to four days, residents have been advised by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to stock up on bottled water and emergency supplies.

“Hawaii hasn’t been hit by a tropical storm or hurricane at all since 1992. And the one-two punch would be unprecedented in the era of satellite hurricane tracking,” said Kevin Roth, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel.