Friday, August 8, 2014

Weakened Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii Island, price-gouging, power outages hamper primary voting, election plans, GMO money in campaign, more news

NOAA National Weather Service composite
Hurricanes Iselle and Julio NOAA national Weather Service composite
Iselle has been downgraded to a tropical storm and the center of tropical storm Iselle made landfall at about 2:30 a.m. Friday along the Kau coast on the Big Island, about 5 miles east of Pahala.  Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years. Meanwhile, Hurricane Julio, a Category 3 storm, is about 1,000 miles behind in the Pacific. Julio’s track and intensity remains the same, veering north of the islands. Exact impacts are unknown, but the storm is expected to reach the vicinity of the islands on Sunday and Monday. KHON2.

Iselle weakened rapidly off the Kau Coast and slowed its westward motion just before it moved over the Big Island and Maui early Friday morning, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Star-Advertiser.

At the same time Iselle is wreaking havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, Hurricane Julio continues to churn in its wake, offering a real threat to deliver a rare double whammy of destruction on the state. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration is threatening to fine store owners if they price gouge people who are trying to stock up on water and other supplies in preparation for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. Civil Beat.

The state Office of Consumer Protection has received more than 20 complaints of price gouging from consumers, most involving the sale of bottled water. Star-Advertiser.

Reports from Hawaii island and Maui as Iselle delivers heavy rains and winds. Star-Advertiser.

What Do Hawaii Lieutenant Governors Do? Not very much at all. But it pays $114,420 and nine people are running for the office in Saturday's primary. Civil Beat.

Oahu

Faceless corporations, political action committees and ordinary citizens have poured $2.77 million into the race to represent urban Oahu in Congress for the next two years. Civil Beat.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii canceled post-election unity rallies on neighbor islands, but as of Thursday still planned to hold its Oahu event as a pair of tropical storms threatened to bring heavy rain and high winds to all islands for the next few days. Star-Advertiser.

University of Hawaii President David Lassner fielded a broad spectrum of questions at a downtown Hono­lulu forum Thursday, sharing thoughts on everything from the public perception of the institution to infrastructure improvements. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

The power supply and the geothermal plant in Puna proved to be among the first casualties of Iselle as it bore down on the Big Island Thursday night. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii County Civil Defense issued an alert from an uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulfide steam at the Puna Geothermal Venture plant in Pohoiki. Star-Advertiser.

The National Weather Service says the center of the system has made landfall along the Ka'u Coast of Hawaii Island early Friday morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue to spread to the islands of Maui County later this morning. The National Weather Service says that swells generated by Iselle will continue to build through Friday, possibly becoming damaging along some coastlines. Hawaii News Now.

Iselle has weakened to a tropical storm but continues churning toward the Big Island, according to the National Weather Service. In a bulletin posted around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, the NWS said tropical storm conditions, including heavy rain and high winds, are impacting East Hawaii. Tribune-Herald.

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, pummeled by attack ads from a Honolulu political action committee, has received a late-campaign $4,000 shot in the arm from genetically modified food opponents. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

A flood advisory has been issued for the Island of Maui until 4:30 a.m. Maui Now.

Kauai

With stormy weather bearing down, the county Elections Division urged registered voters to take advantage of a final early voting opportunity Thursday. County Elections Administrator Lyndon Yoshioka said 3,763 people walked in to vote. Another 7,111 mail-in absentee ballots were processed as of Thursday. Garden Island.