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.

Travel Advice

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. 

Resources

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

Sources

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