The Canadian government issued a travel advisory today (August 22) warning travellers to avoid non-essential travel to Hawaii due to a forthcoming hurricane.
Destinations to avoid include Hawaii County, Maui County, and the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Oahhu, and Kauai.
Hurricane Lane, a category 4 storm (which was downgraded today from category 5), was about 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Hawaii's Big Island today (August 22) and is expected to move northwest near Hawaii from Thursday to Saturday (August 23 and 25), according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
The hurricane could cause flash floods and landslides, as well as disruptions to transportation, power, water and food supplies, telecommunication, emergency services, and medical care.
The U.S. National Weather Service warned that tornadoes and water spouts may also occur, and that swell generated by the cyclone will produce very large and rough surf.
Extreme rainfall may prompt evacuations and rainfall amounts of over 20 inches are possible.