As Hurricane Lane Approaches Hawaii, Airlines Issue Travel Waivers

By Paul Riegler on 22 August 2018
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An ABC convenience store in Honolulu

An ABC convenience store in Honolulu

Downgraded to a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Lane continues to move closer to the Hawaiian Islands and remains a dangerous threat.

The hurricane could begin to batter the Big Island with heavy rain and tropical storm force winds as early as Wednesday night.

At press time, hurricane warnings are in effect for the Big Island and the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. A hurricane watch is in effect for Oahu and other smaller islands.

In anticipation of the storm making landfall, Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency. All schools are closed until further notice and shoppers emptied store shelves as bottles of water, generators, toilet paper, flashlights, and candles flew off the shelves.

Earlier on Wednesday, the storm was 305 miles (490 kilometers) south of the Big Island, clocking maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Multiple airlines including American, Delta, and Hawaiian have issued travel waivers that will allow passengers to postpone or reschedule flights to or from Hawaii in the coming days.

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