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Hurricane brushes Hawaii

Hurricane Jimena barely a hurricane by Monday morning was brushing by south of Hawaii's Big Island.

BY SUSAN KIM | HONOLULU, Hawaii | September 1, 2003

Hurricane Jimena barely a hurricane by Monday morning was brushing by south of Hawaii's Big Island Monday, bringing high surf and up to six inches of rain to the coastline.

But the storm was weaker than earlier in the weekend, with maximum sustained wind of 75 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended only 30 miles from the center.

A hurricane watch was posted for Hawaii, and high surf warning for the southern coast of Maui.

Beaches at Puna and Kau were closed, and coastal residents there were on an evacuation alert with the possibility of 15-foot waves. But most people were staying put.

Hurricane Jimena's center was forecast to pass some 50 miles offshore from South Point, Hawaii's southern tip.

Hawaii's last hurricane was Iniki, which hit Kauai in 1992.


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