HONOLULU (AP) -- The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore in the overnight hours Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened and was on track to pass north of the islands sometime Sunday morning.<br />
Tropical Storm Iselle's eye swept onto shore about 5 miles east of Pahala with winds at 60 mph at 2:30 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Iselle is the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, and Hurricane Julio, a Category 3 storm, is about 1,000 miles behind in the Pacific.<br />
No deaths or major injuries were reported. So far the extent of damage across the Big Island has been limited to downed trees and some roof damage, John Drummond of Hawaii County Civil Defense said. At one point there were 33,000 homes without power. The latest number is at 21,000, Drummond said.<br />
The storm is expected to inundate Hawaii with 5 to 8 inches of rain, with up to a foot of rain in some spots.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
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