Problems in Hawaii after storm

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER MANUEL VALDES Associated Press Published:

HONOLULU (AP) -- Tourists in popular areas of Hawaii got back to their vacations after a tropical storm swept through without widespread disaster, but a large, rural swath of the Big Island has spent more than 24 hours without electricity and is struggling with downed trees blocking roads.

The lower Puna region in the southeastern part of the island took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Iselle early Friday.

People in more populated Oahu and Maui headed to beaches and restaurants amid off and on rain. The islands are watching Hurricane Julio, which was expected to pass northeast of the state early today.

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