Hawaii holding primary poll between major storms

HONOLULU: Hawaii rushed to clean up debris from one tropical storm with only a day to prepare for the next hurricane on its way, but aimed to squeeze in a primary election vote on Saturday.Voters are to decide a Democratic primary contest between Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has a thriving economy on his side, and state Senator David Ige who has surged to a double-digit edge in polls despite raising less campaign cash.All but two polling stations on the east coast of the Big Island, hardest hit by Tropical Storm Iselle, will be open, election officials said. Iselle weakened from a hurricane before it struck the Big Island on Thursday, and lost more force as it later pushed past the U.S. state. “I think we’ve come through in great fashion,” Abercrombie told an evening news conference, a nod to the fact that the storm did much less damage than had been feared.As thousands of residents scrambled to clean up fallen trees that downed power lines, officials warned against complacency given the extent of the disruption and the uncertainty over the pathway of the bigger storm hurtling toward them. Hurricane Julio, which was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Friday, was packing maximum winds of 100 mph (155 kph) as it churned about 500 miles (805 km) off the Big Island city of Hilo and 685 miles (1,100 km) east of the state capital Honolulu, the National Weather Service said on Saturday morning. 

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