Hawaii Storm Maya: Is it safe to travel to after 60mph winds? Are your flights affected?


What is Hawaii’s Storm Maya and what is its impact? Hawaii was hammered by an “unusually intense” storm on Sunday which will continue into the week with widespread high winds and potentially damaging coastal flooding in unusual locations of the island chain. There is a chance of some mountaintop snow. A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the whole archipelago.

NWS is warning of winds gusting up to 60mph, blowing westerly at first before turning northwest on Sunday night.

The warning is in place across all islands in the Hawaii archipelago and will remain in place until at least 6am local time (4pm GMT) on Monday.

There are also warnings of this fast-moving storm generating waves reaching 40 to 60 feet, which pose a risk to boats and could come very near the Hawaiian Islands, particularly the northern shores.

One man is believed to have died while others were rescued Saturday from Sandy Beach on Oahu.

What has the UK Government said about travel to Hawaii?

The UK Government has not issued any official warnings about travelling to Hawaii.

Hawaii is in the north west of the US, yet the Government has issued weather warnings for Britons planning to travel to the US Midwest region, and areas including Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

It advises passengers to ensure they have valid travel insurance.

Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year.

Have flights in Hawaii already been affected?

Airlines JetBlue and Hawaiian have said passengers who are booked on upcoming flights can change their reservations, in order to avoid the bad weather impacting their journey.

Both have stated customers can rebook free of charge.

It comes after the firms, as well as others including Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, were forced to delay their routes operating out of Honolulu Airport.

Travellers are advised to contact their airlines for details.

Will Britons be able to get their money back if their flight is cancelled?

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines individually for more details.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on non EU routes, “Your rights when your flight is delayed or cancelled varies depending on the terms and conditions of your contract with the airline.

“Most airlines base their terms and conditions on those recommended by the International Air Transport Association.

“This means that when delays happen, most airlines have a contractual obligation to offer passengers a choice between a later flight, mutually agreed alternative transportation or a refund.”


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