HONOLULU, Hi. (CNN)-- Gusting winds and heavy rains have been a regular scene near Honolulu as a tropical storm made its way through the big island this week. It has dumped about a foot of rain.
The strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving about 22,000 homes in the dark.
But, state leaders say it could have been a whole lot worse.
"It's been pretty hectic, because the winds were really strong last night. In fact, there was debris all over the road,' said Kirk Caldwell, the mayor of Honolulu, 'the good news is we dodged a bullet. We prepared for the worst and hoped for the best and we got more of the best."
Now, as people scramble to clean up from the last storm, state leaders warn the community to prepare as storm Julio makes its way to the area.