Hurricane Lane is expected to hit Hawaii on Thursday and Friday this week. The islands are bracing for extremely heavy rain, violent 160mph (260km/h) winds and flooding. Landslides are possible, and essential services – including electricity, healthcare and telecommunications networks – are likely to be disrupted.
The weather system is currently taking an erratic path towards the islands. As of 23:00 HST on Tuesday, a hurricane warning was in effect for Hawaii County and a hurricane watch for Oahu and Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. (For definitions of hurricane warnings and hurricane watch, please click through on the link.)
Hurricane Lane is currently classed as a Category 5 Central Pacific cyclone. The Canadian Government is advising against non-essential travel to Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Oahu.
If you are in the region –
- Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.
- Monitor local media.
- Keep mobile devices charged.
- Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
- Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water.
- Comply with advice from the local authorities.
- Be prepared for delays and disruption.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you are heading to the region soon –
- Check in with your airline and travel agent.
- Monitor media reports/resources listed below.
- Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered.
Twitter accounts to follow
- @MayorHarryKim – the current Mayor of Hawai’i County, sharing updates from local authorities
- @Hawaii_EMA – Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
- @CivilDefenseHI – Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency
#USA: The US National Weather Service has declared the state of Hawaii to be under a Hurricane Watch due to the approach of Hurricane Lane. Please follow the advice of local authorities https://t.co/DOgk5zv9c8 pic.twitter.com/WPIumAwgod
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) August 21, 2018
If you are in Hawaii, don’t forget to check @NWSHonolulu for updates on the status of Hurricane Lane. Make sure you are prepared, monitor the media for updates, and follow the advice of the local authorities. https://t.co/7b3WRDyfgv
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) August 22, 2018
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) August 21, 2018
The CPHC has issued a Hurricane Warning for HI County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, & flooding rains are possible within 36 hours. A high surf warning is also in effect for S facing shores. Additional info to follow.
— COH Civil Defense (@CivilDefenseHI) August 22, 2018
Get Ready Hawaiʻi. Visit each county’s emergency management website for more info about county-specific preparedness tips and measures. Sign up for free text-based notifications for the latest updates on natural disasters emergencies. For more info visit https://t.co/NfFBgVESYS pic.twitter.com/sl1tHvpsZV
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) August 21, 2018
- The Independent: Hurricane watches issued for Hawaii and Maui as tropical storm upgrades to category 4
- CNN: Hurricane Lane, a dangerous Category 4 storm, headed toward Hawaii
- Hawaii News Now: Ferocious Cat 5 Lane targets state; Big Island under hurricane warning
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 22, 2018
Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Lane approaches just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands https://t.co/8vf8c6Tjry pic.twitter.com/nBJgr0gw9e
— CNN (@CNN) August 21, 2018
— khon2 News (@KHONnews) August 22, 2018
Growing concern over direct impacts to #Hawaii from Hurricane #Lane. Prepare now for wind damage, power outages & flooding. This could be the 1st landfalling hurricane in Hawaii in 26 years(Iniki). I’ll report live from Honolulu beginning Thurs. #hiwx pic.twitter.com/vm6sGtiHFr
— Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) August 21, 2018
Hawaii is bracing for Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm that forecasters are warning could bring whipping winds, flooding and high surf https://t.co/vh6qrpWfYp
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 22, 2018
People in Hawaii are getting water and ramen as Hurricane Lane moves on an erratic path toward the islands, threatening to unleash damaging wind, rain and flooding. https://t.co/YLWvU1Y6vC
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) August 21, 2018
Everyone on O‘ahu should take Hurricane #Lane seriously as the storm could bring prolonged heavy rain, dangerous flooding, high surf and damaging winds. Please get your 14-day hurricane kits ready and speak to your family and neighbors to make sure everyone knows what to do. pic.twitter.com/xeEgJBLv8F
— Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL) August 21, 2018
Letter to Parents re: #HurricaneLane: Communications on school closures will begin tonight. Effective Wednesday, after-school programs and activities including inter-scholastic athletic events are canceled for the rest of this week: https://t.co/B1BwE6Ropn #HInews pic.twitter.com/WJAOuGaaPa
— Hawai‘i DOE (@HIDOE808) August 21, 2018
Hurricane Lane, packing 160-mph winds, presents a rare direct threat to Hawaii https://t.co/G7tkKKG74q
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 22, 2018
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