Hurricane Lane Worries Travelers Headed to Hawaii

With Hurricane Lane barreling towards Hawaii, the islands are bracing for severe flooding and tropical storm force winds. While it is not expected to make a direct hit, it will approach the islands Thursday.

Melissa Albright, Vice President of Wethersfield Travel, said they began receiving waivers from airlines two days ago, urging them to be prepared to move plans around. She said flights out of Hawaii are sold out.

“When I woke up this morning and saw that big category 5, we try to do everything we can.”

The powerful hurricane is expected to approach the islands as a category 2 or 3 Thursday morning, battering the area with several inches of rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles-per-hour over the next few days.

Albright said the Connecticut family she has been working with is scheduled to leave Friday, but she said that could change very quickly.

”Crossing our fingers. We’re looking at possibly having them change to a day later just to be even more on the safe side. Worried about if their flight gets canceled last minute, then availability for the next few days would be sold out.”

She said hotels on the islands are taking precautions and making preparations in case guests are stranded for a few days.

”They’re preparing the ballrooms. They have a month worth of food and water stocked and accommodations for the guests should there be more of a direct hit than anticipated.”

Albright recommends people considering traveling to islands during hurricane season invest in travel insurance.

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