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(CBS 8) - Tropical Storm Iselle is making a mark on Hawaii's Big Island. The storm is bringing heavy rain and gusty winds and a CBS News 8 photojournalist is in the middle of it all.

Imagine if you were on vacation in Hawaii and there were storm warnings, what would you do? Well, if you're like our friend Charlie Landon, you roll up your sleeves and help.

Among all the destruction, all the streets strewn with trees and power lines, you'll find CBS News 8 Photojournalist Charlie Landon.

"We see trees down all over the area, this is Puna District on the big island of Hawaii. Trees are down everywhere, the power lines are down everywhere. There's no electricity,” explained Charlie.

The Puna District where Charlie's staying is on the eastern most part of Hawaii's Big Island, they took a direct hit Thursday night around 12:30 a.m. and it packed a punch, knocking down trees and power lines all over the place.

"Utility crews are working through the night and all day today. They're stretched very thin and there's a lot of work to do. There's tons of power lines down here,” continued Charlie. "The most interesting thing here is just about everybody has a chainsaw and a truck. The community is cutting trees off the roads and pulling them out and takin care of business here."

And that includes Charlie and his family. Even his kids are helping in the clean-up.

"I'm working with a tree cutter Lyle here and he's got a steel chainsaw and we're doing business here,” said Charlie.

Iselle has weakened to a tropical storm but right behind it is Hurricane Julio. It's predicted to miss the islands, but Charlie says people are still on edge:

"Everyone is anticipating Julio to be much worse than this, but we're hoping it won't be another direct hit. On the Puna District.”

And because Iselle has delivered a heavy dose of damage, there's not much more people can do to get ready for Julio.

“Everybody's got what they got before. There's no stores open that we know of. The road's closed to helicopters. So everyone's got what they got,” Charlie explained.

The roads are a mess, power is out, and the clean-up will take weeks, but if you know Charlie, how he sums up his vacation won't surprise you:

"Chance of a life time."

Charlie does have a house down there and we have some good news to report - his home, along with his family are fine.

No deaths or major injuries have been reported. However around 20,000 homes remain without power, as of this report.

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