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Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014
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HONOLULU (AP) — This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning as the first tropical storm in 22 years hit Hawaii:

3:42 p.m. HST

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell gives Oahu "the all-clear" after Tropical Storm Iselle passes, allowing city services like buses and trash pickup to resume.

"People were seeing nice weather, and they were going about their business anyway," he said.

3:26 p.m. HST

Shortly after canceling a tropical storm warning for the Big Island, the National Weather Service canceled similar alerts for Maui and Oahu. Kauai is the only county where a warning remains.

3:08 p.m. HST

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has canceled its tropical storm warning for the Big Island. Tropical Storm Iselle has passed and is about 120 miles southwest of Honolulu. Similar warnings are still in effect for Honolulu, Maui and Kauai counties.

2:40 p.m. HST

Commuter airline Island Air says it plans to resume its interisland flights Saturday, with flights from Honolulu to Lanai, Maui and Kauai taking off starting at 6 a.m. HST.

1:57 p.m. HST

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa says, "For the most part, we were spared a direct impact, and we're very, very grateful." He reports that the island got 10 to 15 inches of rain in some areas and tree and power lines toppled, but electricity has been restored after isolated outages. Arakawa says there are no injuries.

1:57 p.m. HST

Stephani Voge, of the Fairmont Orchid resort on the northwest coast of the Big Island, says guests are taking the storm in stride: "They just trusted that we put everybody's safety first." She says there are no reports of damage to the property and little rain as the mountains in the area provided a barrier.

12:35 p.m. HST

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell tweets that Tropical Storm Iselle is now as close to Oahu as it will be.

12:35 p.m. HST

Tourists and residents have ventured out to Oahu's south shore to see the surf.

Army Sgt. Steven Reyes and his mother went for a drive because his home on a central Oahu Army base lost power. He says that "we've never seen the water crash into the rocks the way they are. It's just beautiful."

12:35 p.m. HST

Sylvia Dahlby of Hilo on the Big Island says roofs in her neighborhood have remained intact and a nearby waterfall is loudly flowing with runoff — audible from 10 blocks away. She says residents are being asked to help with downed trees and debris.

12:35 p.m. HST

The National Park Service says it is hoping to reopen Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island on Saturday. Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando says its highways and roads were still not safe, with fallen trees and power lines, flash flooding, and power and phones down.

11:48 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for the Big Island until 2:30 p.m. HST and the flood advisory for Oahu until 2:15 p.m. HST. Oahu emergency managers urge residents to stay off the streets.

11:01 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service says a flash flood warning is in effect for the Big Island until 11:30 a.m. HST. A flood advisory for Oahu has been extended until 11:15 a.m. HST.

10:55 a.m. HST

State Attorney General David Louie laughs when asked about voter turnout in Hawaii's primary elections Saturday, saying he can't make any predictions. Congressional and gubernatorial primary races will be decided between two storms. There are 17 shelters at polling places statewide.

10:55 a.m. HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says no major injuries have been reported, urging residents to "stay safe, stay sensible."

He stresses that even though brunt of storm went over the Big Island and Maui, Kauai and Oahu need to remain vigilant.

10:18 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service reports the highest rainfall total over a 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. HST Friday was 14.51 inches in Kulani on the Big Island.

10:18 a.m. HST

The National Park Service says its memorial sites at Pearl Harbor will stay closed through Saturday as park staff assess the condition of the park and its facilities and keep an eye on Hurricane Julio.

10:18 a.m. HST

The state Department of Health is issuing a brown-water advisory for all of Hawaii, warning the public to stay out of floodwaters and storm water runoff. Health officials warn that runoff is known to attract sharks because of possible dead animals being washed into the ocean.

9:47 a.m. HST

The Wailuku River on the Big Island is looking less like a calm stream and more like whitewater rapids. Live TV footage of the river that flows to the ocean shows runoff quickly ripping through the stream.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the river averaged 2-4 feet earlier this week but was as high as 17 feet Friday.

9:47 a.m. HST

Honolulu's lifeguard division says about a dozen surfers are riding waves at surf spot nicknamed "Suicides," near the popular Diamond Head crater. Lifeguards on Oahu are planning to only respond to emergency calls and not do regular patrols.

9:47 a.m. HST

The National Weather Service says a flood advisory is in effect until 10:30 a.m. for Oahu as heavy rain fell in parts of the island.

8:42 a.m. HST

Hawaii News Now reports that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warned: "You shouldn't be doing business today. You should be staying home and taking care of each other."

8:40 a.m. HST

Maui County says Hana Highway at milepost 26 near Nahiku is now open. Water is limited in the Upper Kula area as crews work to restore power to a water treatment plant. Area customers are being asked to conserve water.

8:30 a.m. HST

Some tourists are out in the windy weather. Sharon Zappa, visiting from Florida, says, "I went through Hurricane Andrew, so this is nothing."

8 a.m. HST

More than 21,000 homes still have no electricity as of 7 a.m. HST. The Big Island's electric utility has major transmission lines not functioning because two major power plants are offline. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says that's causing a shortage of electricity being delivered to the grid.

8 a.m. HST

Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says those staying in Big Island shelters are being told to return home. But four shelters will remain open. He also says crews are still trying to clear closures on major roads, mostly from knocked-down trees.

7:30 a.m. HST

Kau coffee farmers are trying to navigate flooded roads and fallen trees to assess whether there's any damage to their crops.

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