Hurricane Lane path LIVE updates: Maui on FIRE – flights cancelled -Big Island UNDER WATER

Friday, August 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

HAWAII has begun feeling the wrath of the barrelling Hurricane Lane today as the major storm tracks towards the Pacific Islands at speed. Here is the latest news and live updates on Hurricane Lane’s path.

By LIAM DOYLE
Express.co.uk
Fri, Aug 24, 2018

Hurricane Lane is threatening a potentially deadly direct hit on Hawaii in the regions worst storm in a quarter century.

The barreling storm churned toward the main island of Oahu on Thursday as schools, government offices and business closed while residents stocked up on supplies and boarded up homes.

Hurricane Lane, classified as a powerful Category 4 storm, was packing sustained winds of up to 145 miles per hour and is expected to dump as much as 20 inches of rain, triggering flash flooding and landslides, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

Find the latest path updates and live tracking information on Hurricane Lane here. All times in BST.

4.41pm BST update: Flights cancelled out of Maui airport

Some flights have been cancelled out of Maui OGG airport. Travellers have taken to Twitter in rage after American Air charged holidaymakers $200 to change or cancel flights.

United, Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines are cancelling many Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane.

The three airlines have broad cancellations for Friday’s Maui flights: United cancelled all flights traveling in and out of Kahului, and Alaska cancelled 12 flights to and from Kahului. All of Hawaiian’s Ohana flights will be cancelled on Friday, and some have been cancelled today.

The Honolulu airline cancelled eight Ohana flights for Thursday: six routes between Honolulu and Kapalua and two routes between Honolulu and Lanai.

4.25pm BST: Hurricane Lane currently measures 300 miles in diameter – Honolulu next target

Hurricane Lane is hugely expansive – measuring 300 miles across. It will remain a big wind threat throughout the weekend. Oahu and Honolulu have only had a couple of inches of rain so far however rainfall is expected to get much heavier throughout the night. (Local time in Hawaii 5.30am on Friday)

4.01pm BST update: Hawaii elevation poses a serious problem for flash floods

The Hawaiian Islands have seven peaks that exceed an elevation of 5,000 feet. It is this extreme topography that presents the opportunity for devastating flash floods from Hurricane Lane.

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