Hurricane Iselle barreled towards Hawaii early Tuesday, with forecasters warning that the islands could face a one-two punch as Tropical Storm Julio is trailing not far behind.
It is extremely rare to have such major storms in such quick succession, according toWeather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth. He said the most recent example was in 1982 when two significantly weaker tropical storms and depressions hit ten days apart.
“In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where they were even 10 days apart,” he said. And for Hawaii to be facing two spaced just two to three days apart? “This is unprecedented in the satellite era,” Roth added.
The National Hurricane Service said that after briefly slowing down, Iselle is expected to pick up speed and move faster towards Hawaii’s islands on Tuesday and Wednesday. After forming as a tropical storm last week, Iselle picked up strength to gain hurricane status on Friday, and has built from there, according to The Weather Channel.