Hurricane Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm as it neared Hawaii early Friday, but still packed winds of up to 70 mph and heavy rains that left thousands of residents on Big Island without power.
Fearing the first hurricane to hit Hawaii in nearly a quarter century, hundreds earlier flowed into emergency shelters set up at high schools. Flood advisories were in effect, with between 4 and 8 inches of rain forecast.
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"The ground floor of our building is completely flooded," said Sarah Dhallan, a college student from Bethesda, Maryland, on a family vacation south of Hilo. "It's pretty dramatic stuff."