Last updated: 09:45 AM ET, Wed August 31 2016

Hurricane Near Hawaii Threatening Labor Day Travel Plans

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 31, 2016

Hurricane Near Hawaii Threatening Labor Day Travel Plans

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Labor Day travelers planning on taking a trip to Hawaii have been put on notice as Hurricane Madeline prepares to pass just south of the Hawaiian Islands.

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation Tuesday authorizing state officials to provide financial relief for losses or damages from Hurricane Madeline.

The hurricane was moving at 10 miles per hour with the center of the storm located 200 miles east of Hilo and 410 miles southeast of Honolulu, as of Wednesday morning. Maximum sustained winds were measured at 110 miles per hour, but meteorologists now expect the storm to weaken over the next two days.

From the center of Madeline, hurricane force winds extend around 25 miles and tropical storm force winds extend up to 125 miles. As a result, a hurricane warning was issued for Hawaii’s Big Island and tropical storm watches have been issued to the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Tourists and locals in Hawaii are being advised to take all necessary safety precautions as Hurricane Madeline approaches. Travelers who are scheduled to arrive in Hawaii for the Labor Day holiday should confirm the status of their flight before going to the airport.

For more information about the storm and the possible cancellations and delays caused by it, check out the official website of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

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