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Rare hurricane warning issued in Hawaii

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 8:08 PM - All schools in Maui and Hawaii counties will be closed Thursday with Iselle, the first of two tropical cyclones targeting the region, expected to make landfall as a hurricane -- and Julio swirling in the Pacific not far behind.

Of the two storms targeting the region, Iselle looks like it will have the most direct impact.

On Wednesday Honolulu's Central Pacific Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii county for the first time in nearly 20 years.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected on the Big Island of Hawaii Thursday, with hurricane conditions expected Thursday night," the center says in a statement.

Meanwhile, Julio is moving west and could brush past the islands on Sunday.


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Residents have been stocking up on supplies ahead of the storms with many outlets running low on essentials like rice, canned goods and bottled water.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey hurricane strikes on the Hawaiian Islands are "relatively rare".

The agency says that "near-misses" that generate large waves and high winds are far more common.

With files from CNN

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