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Saturday, 25.August 05:45 AM HST / 08:45 PT / 11:45 ET – All stations closed today (Saturday, 8/25) but scheduled to be open for business tomorrow.

As Tropical Storm Lane breaks apart and departs Hawaii, business and residents are surveying the damage and  cleaning up. We thank everyone for their patience before, during and after Lane’s passage.

Owing to the tremendous amount of rain that fell and wind damage in some locations, all CFI Hawaii stations will be closed one more day today.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will be open for business tomorrow, Sunday, August 26th, in all locations.

This update will be our final for Lane.

Friday, 24.August – 06:00 AM HST / 09:00 AM PT / 12:00 ET – Lihue and Honolulu stations closed today.

NWS update as of 05:00 HST can be found at this link.

The Hawaiian Islands are feeling the effects of Hurricane Lane as catastrophic flooding is inundating the big island of Hawaii today.

From the 05:00 report:

RAINFALL: Rain bands will continue to overspread the Hawaiian
Islands well ahead of Lane. Excessive rainfall associated with this
slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands
into the weekend, leading to catastrophic and life-threatening flash
flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain
accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts up to 40
inches possible over portions of the Hawaiian Islands. Over 30
inches of rain has already fallen at a couple locations on the
windward side of the Big Island.

Today, Lihue and Honolulu stations are closed. Lihue will be closed tomorrow and the reopening of HNL will depend on the extent of the damage from wind and extremely heavy rainfall.

Wednesday, 22.August – 07:00 AM HST / 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET – Embargo into CFI Lihue.

Image courtesy National Weather Service.

This is the first post with information about Hurricane Lane, bearing down on the Hawaiian Islands later this week.

We have spoken with our teams in Hawaii and while our main office in Honolulu is preparing for storms, the story on Lihue is one of greater urgency.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has ongoing coverage of the storm and can be monitored here.

Hurricane Lane is presently a category 4 storm and is anticipated to most severely impact Lihue late Friday and into Saturday. Assuming this track and timetable remain, Sunday and Monday will be spent cleaning up.

CFI has taken the step, effective immediately, to embargo Lihue as a destination.

We are continuing to accept cargo into Honolulu and will hold for Lihue after the storm has passed and we have reopened our office and air and ocean service are restored.

Young Brothers, a major operator of barge services between the islands, has announced they are not accepting cargo at any ports as of Tuesday at 2:00 PM HST.

The full Young Brothers update can be found on their website.

We received the following from Matson yesterday – so port closure references are effective today.

Dear Matson Customer,

Following are updates from U.S. Coast Guard and the National Weather Service:

Hurricane Lane is 350 nautical miles (nm’s) southeast of Hilo, moving at 9 knots and has veered closer to the Hawaiian Islands. This is a category 4 hurricane with 135 knot winds, gusts to 165 knots, and wave heights up to 40 feet.

Hurricane Lane is expected to pass within 135 nm’s of Hilo, 94 nm’s of Maui, 34 nm’s of Oahu and 29 nm’s of Kauai.

Wind speed at Honolulu Harbor is expected to start increasing on Thursday morning from 25 to 35 knots, peaking on Friday afternoon to 50 – 65 knots.  Winds are not expected to diminish until Saturday morning to 25 – 35 knots.

Mahimahi V403w ETA Honolulu Wednesday, 8/22.  However, the port may close per USCG Captain of the Port, based on wind speeds.

USCG Captain of the Port issued the following today, Tuesday 8/21:

Honolulu:         Currently open to all commercial traffic.

                          Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

Hawaii Island:   Currently closed to inbound traffic.

                          Anticipate closing all inbound and outbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

 Kahului:           Currently open to all commercial traffic.

                          Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

 Kauai:               Currently open to all commercial traffic.

                          Anticipate closing to inbound traffic at 1100 tomorrow.

For more information, contact your CFI representative or use our contact us page.

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