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Ana downgraded to tropical storm; Hawaii relaxes

October 20, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — A hurricane that left Hawaii wet but largely unscathed has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The National Weather Service says Ana became a tropical storm last Sunday afternoon.

As a hurricane, the closest the storm got to Hawaii was about 70 miles (112 kilometers) southwest of Niihau.

Hurricane Ana had been churning dangerously close for several days, spinning parallel to the islands where residents were urged to be ready.

Instead the storm mainly stayed to the southwest, bringing little more than heavy rain and big waves.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect Sunday for the islands of Kauai and Niihau, and a hurricane watch has been issued for parts of remote northwestern islands, home to a largely uninhabited marine sanctuary.

The have been no reports of injuries or significant damage.

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