Travel Alert August 2018: Hurricane Lane to Impact Hawaii

If Hawaii is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Hurricane Lane, of which landfall of this strong Category 4 hurricane is not expected at this time on any of the Hawaiian islands.

Travel Alert August 2018: Hurricane Lane to Impact Hawaii

Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane heads west northwest in the Pacific Ocean before turning more northward towards the west towards Hawaii. The big island of Hawaii is outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 315 miles south of Kona and is moving west northwest at approximately nine miles per hour — are 155 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 190 miles per hour; and it is currently passing south of the big island of Hawaii.

At one point, this tropical system had attained Category 5 status; but it is not expected to return to that strength. Rather, it will weaken as it turns more northward and passes west of the Hawaiian islands and then turns on a more westward track — but even though landfall is not forecast at this time, it is also not out of the question, either, as the western islands of the state could experience a direct hit. Regardless, Hurricane Lane is expected to threaten lives and cause widespread damage in Hawaii.

An emergency proclamation has already been signed by David Ige — who is the current governor of the state of Hawaii — and he urged residents and visitors to prepare for a significant impact.

All public schools and offices of the Hawaii Department of Education are closed until further notice as of today, Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

As much as 20 inches of rain could fall in local areas and cause flooding. Strong wind gusts will likely cause fallen trees and power outages; while rough surf and large swells will result in coastal flooding and beach erosion. Rip currents may become too strong for swimming in the ocean in areas where the hurricane will have the least impact; and in many areas, beaches will be closed altogether.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Hawaii over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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