Mother Nature picked the wrong time to throw a great deal at Hawaii.
Two hurricanes are barreling toward the string of islands, right before polls open for this season’s fiercest Democratic primary on Saturday. On Thursday morning local time, an earthquake rattled residents of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is looking to unseat Obama-backed Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Neil Abercrombie after Sen. Daniel Inouye’s death in December 2012. Inouye’s deathbed wish had been for Hanabusa to replace him. Abercrombie’s decision not to abide by Inouye’s request has become the centerpiece of Hanabusa’s campaign, which appeals to the state’s Asian-American voters, who largely supported Inouye.
Mother Nature, who is not a registered voter and just a personification of natural disasters, doesn’t care. Forecasters expect the hurricanes to cause power outages from heavy rain and strong winds when Hurricane Iselle makes landfall late Thursday. Following behind, Hurricane Julio is forecast to pass over northern Hawaii on Sunday night.
The image above, captured by NASA Wednesday by three satellite passes, shows Iselle (left) and Julio swirling toward Hawaii, where some residents are voting early because of the weather, NBC reports. Iselle is the first hurricane to hit Hawaii in 22 years.
Moderate earthquakes are less uncommon in Hawaii though, and no injuries or damage have been reported as a result of the 4.5-magnitude quake.
Here’s a video of Iselle and Julio making their way to Hawaii, Senate primary be damned: