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Hawaii Braces for Category 4 Hurricane Lane

 

The Canadian government is advising travellers to avoid non-essential travel to Hawaii due to the threat of Hurricane Lane, which could be the first major hurricane to make landfall on the islands of Hawaii in 26 years.

Areas under watch include Hawaii County, Maui County, and the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, as well as Oahu and Kauai islands.

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority, with support from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and its Island Chapters, is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Lane in collaboration with the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), and County emergency management agencies.

The CPHC reports that Hurricane Lane has lessened to a Category 4 hurricane and is located southeast of the Hawaiian Islands and moving in a westerly direction. The hurricane is forecast to come close to the Hawaiian Islands later today or tomorrow, with the potential for damaging winds, high surf and flash flooding. Forecasts are updated every six hours and can be found at the CPHC web site at https://www.weather.gov/cphc.

Long lines are reported at airports in Honolulu as hundreds of people try to catch flights out of the islands before the storm hits. According to a report from the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the 15 airports throughout the state will remain open as long they don’t suffer damage to their infrastructure or the debris “makes flight operations unsafe.”

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority has also created a special alert page on its web site to provide industry partners, residents and visitors with information, updates and online resources about Hurricane Lane and its effects on the Hawaiian Islands: HTA Special Alert Page on Hurricane Lane: https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/hurricane-lane-update. The home page of the GoHawaii web site also provides the same link.

Visitors planning to travel to or who are already in the Hawaiian Islands are advised to contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers for information on being prepared and make adjustments to travel plans as needed.

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