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Tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Norbert has formed in the Eastern Pacific about 375 miles southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. The system is tracking to the north at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, prompting a tropical storm watch for the southern end of the Baja California peninsula. The storm is expected to strengthen and turn more northwesterly over the next few days, with winds strengthening to 65 mph on Thursday before gradually weakening. Tropical storm force winds extend 60 miles from the center.

Visits to Waiopae tidepools limited to foot entry during cleanup

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources, in cooperation with the Kapoho Vacationland community association, is advising the public that access to the state marine life conservation district at Waiopae tidepools in Kapoho will be allowed by foot only through the Vacationland subdivision until removal of storm debris from Hurricane Iselle can be completed.

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Downed trees close Puna trail

HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Puna hiking trail until further notice, due to severe tree fall caused by Hurricane Iselle. These downed trees are blocking access to Haena beach in the South Hilo area.

ACLU files complaint over Primary Election

A group of Pahoa residents, working with the American Civil Liberties Union in Hawaii, have filed a complaint with the Hawaii Supreme Court, asking the state’s top judges to allow every resident affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast a ballot in the primary.