Hurricane Iselle (2014)

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Hurricane Iselle
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Iselle Aug 4 2014 1940z.jpg
Iselle at peak intensity on August 4
FormedJuly 31, 2014 (July 31, 2014)
DissipatedAugust 9, 2014 (August 9, 2014)
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 140 mph (220 km/h)
Lowest pressure947 mbar (hPa); 27.96 inHg
Fatalities1 direct
Areas affectedHawaiian Islands
Part of the 2014 Pacific hurricane season

Hurricane Iselle was a Pacific tropical cyclone. The storm threatened the islands of Hawaii, especially Hilo. The storm developed on July 31, 2014. Iselle is the first hurricane to hit the islands in 22 years.[1]

Iselle approached Hawaii as a powerful category 4 hurricane.[2] It had sustained winds of about 120 knots (138 mph).[2] A number of conditions caused it to weaken just before it approached Hawaii. It struck the Big Island as a strong tropical storm. The storm center made landfall at about 2:30 am on August 8. It left downed trees and about 25,000 people without electric power.[2] The storm surge caused 25-foot waves.[3] Airlines had to cancel about 50 flights due to the storm.[3]

Iselle then followed a northwestern track missing the rest of the Hawaiian islands. They received rain and winds. A woman hiker on Kauai was swept away and drowned in the storm.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. John Bacon (7 August 2014). "Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years". USA Today. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lynn Jenner (12 August 2014). "Iselle (Eastern Pacific Ocean)". NASA. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated press/CBS (8 August 2014). "Paradise regained as weakened Iselle moves past Hawaii". CBS News. Retrieved 20 March 2015.