Travel Alert September 2018: Hurricane Olivia 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 Olivia, of which landfall of this Category 1 hurricane could possible occur sometime on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Travel Alert September 2018: Hurricane Olivia to Impact Hawaii

Hurricane Olivia

Hurricane Olivia heads west in the Pacific Ocean 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 480 miles east northeast of Hilo and is moving west at approximately ten miles per hour — are 85 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 105 miles per hour.

Hurricane Olivia is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm as it approaches Hawaii. Although landfall may technically not occur if the storm moves through in the Maui Channel between Maui and the big island of Hawaii, it will still significantly impact those two islands.

As much as 12 inches of rain could fall in local areas and cause flooding, with as much as 20 inches possible in the mountains. Strong wind gusts will likely cause fallen trees and power outages from downed power lines; 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.

Hurricane Olivia is not expected to impact Hawaii as much as Hurricane Lane did last month — but precautions will still be necessary; and travel will still be affected.

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

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Honolulu and Maui for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 through Thursday, September 13, 2018; and Sunday, September 16, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for Honolulu, Kona, Lihue, and Maui for Tuesday, September 11, 2018 through Wednesday, September 12, 2018; and Saturday, September 15, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Hilo, Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Lihue, and Kahului for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Thursday, September 13, 2018; and Monday, September 17, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Lihue, and Kahului for Monday, September 10, 2018 through Wednesday, September 12, 2018; and Thursday, September 20, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on Hawaii.

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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