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(HONOLULU) -- Beachgoers on the Big Island of Hawaii will have one final day at the water's edge Thursday as the first of two hurricanes headed for the state is expected to make landfall Thursday night.
Hurricane Iselle will bring winds of up 65 mph and surf as high as 20 feet when it hits the Big Island sometime around 8 p.m. Thursday. Beaches around the island have been flagged as "high hazard" areas by state authorities.
The storm will move toward Oahu and Maui early Friday morning, drenching the most popular tourist destinations in the state with up to 8 inches of rain, with the potential for coastal flooding and wind damage.
On the heels of Iselle, a category 1 storm, is Hurricane Julio. Julio is expected to edge close to the islands Sunday night and Monday and is currently a Category 2 storm with winds of up to 100 mph.
Airlines including Delta, United, Alaskan and Hawaiian Air have all announced that passengers with reservations can rebook their travel plans free of charge to avoid the hurricane.
The Big Island has been hit by one named tropical storm, and never a hurricane, according to ABC News meteorologists.
The state has closed public schools in preparation for the storm.
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