Up until late last night, the predicted path showed Iselle making landfall and crossing the island at Volcano. This would have had the hurricane crossing directly over Mauna Loa. But Mauna Loa proved to an immovable object that somehow affected Iselle. According to radar, the shape of the hurricane sort of splated when it met Mauna Loa. The course changed and now Pahala became the official landing zone. That's quite south of Volcano. Iselle slowed in its path dramatically, then started to reorganize and go on a path wrapping south around Mauna Loa. So now instead of tracking north of Mauna Loa and up the Hilo side, it is oozing to the south and heading to go south of Kona.
Because the storm is traveling so much slower than predicted, rain amounts will be higher than projected. As of 9 am, I already have 8.8" of rain at the homestead. According to the radar, rain will continue for a couple more hours but I don't know if it will be heavy or light.
As of 9 am, there hasn't been a breathe of wind. Just about 9:30 the tree branches started to very gently move. So it looks like we could get some wind from the back part of the storm, maybe. The center of the storm is passing our area as the storm is reorganizing and starting its path out to sea.
Above, water runs down a culvert, emptying out onto the field beyond. No, that's not a stream or lake. It's normally dry grass. From the grassy area the water will flow out into non-used land where it will seep into the lava lands. None will reach the ocean on the surface.
I ran down into town this morning at 7 am and hardly a soul was around. Lots of emergency trucks cruising around looking for trouble, but the town was quiet. The only people I saw were out taking photos. No trees down anywhere. Just a few spots where water had been flowing across the highway.
The culvert in town was draining a lot of water. Lots of soil in the water.
One of the street drains formed a cute waterfall into the culvert.
So it seems that a hurricane can't cross directly over Mauna Loa. It's got to split and flow around it. Interesting. I wonder if the hurricane were larger if it would act the same? I don't think I'm all that curious to find out.
I checked a weather satellite feed and got these pictures of Iselle being soundly defeated by Mauna Loa. ......