These Two Hurricanes Don’t Care About Hawaii’s Senate Primary

Neither does that earthquake.

Hurricanes Iselle (left) and Julio head for Hawaii.
National Journal
Marina Koren
Aug. 7, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

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: