What visitors should do with Category 5 Hurricane Lane threatening Hawaii?

What visitors should do with Category 5 Hurricane Lane threatening Hawaii?

Hurricane Lane is the first Category 5 Hurricane in the North Central Pacific (140°W-180°) since Ioke in 2006. Winds exceeding 150 miles an hour are surrounding the eye of the hurricane.

This massive storm is aimed to take a direct hit on the State of Hawaii. Hurricane warnings are currently announced for Hawaii and Maui County, a Hurricane Watch is currently announced for Honolulu County. The storm could be expected to hit between Wednesday and Friday, depending on the island and the direction of the hurricane.

Airlines serving Hawaii, starting with Hawaiian Airlines are allowing passengers to change their reservation. A State of Emergency is announced in preparation for the storm.

Schools and Universities and many public institutions will be closed as of Wednesday.
Tourists should be aware of the dangers and take shelter prior to the storm arriving, specifically if visitors stay in remote areas and fragile oceanfront buildings.

Today a run on stores like Costco was visible. Flights had long stand by list of tourists wanting to leave the islands. It’s important to have enough food and water for several days. The fragile electric system in Hawaii may go down for a prolonged period, and flash flood warning, mudslides and record high surf can be expected along with catastrophic rain.








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