LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Tropical storm Iselle caused headaches for travelers headed to the Hawaiian Islands and made for a busy day at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

On Friday, a total of 24 flights were either canceled or delayed at LAX due to the storm, which is set to dump as much as a foot of rain.

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According to CBS2’s Greg Mills, nine flights to or from airports in Hawaii or LAX were cancelled, and 15 flights were delayed.

Although Iselle was downgraded overnight from a hurricane to a tropical storm, that didn’t stop some from leaving the islands.

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“We were due to fly back here [LAX] on Sunday. We cut our holiday in Hawaii short ‘cause [the storm] was coming,” Karen Healey, a traveler, told Mills. Healey and her family, along with others landed at LAX just before 3 p.m.

Danielle Martin, another traveler, said the Honolulu airport was packed with people trying to leave Hawaii before the storm hits. She too returned to LA on Friday.

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Julio, a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to hit the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend or early next week.