State travel rules will remain in place for travelers returning from Hawaii and surrounding islands following Tropical Storm Harvey, the state Department of Health said Friday.
Officials say that Hawaii is the second-safest state after the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was declared a disaster area by President Donald Trump.
Officials say that the travel restrictions will be in effect from Friday through Sept. 30, 2018, but that some travel plans may be delayed or canceled if there are still any severe weather or other factors.
Hawaii is home to a variety of industries that rely on tourism, and officials are urging people to visit the state during the peak tourist season.
Officials said Friday that people visiting the state should expect increased traffic delays, power outages and disruption in the community due to the storm’s impact.
The state’s emergency manager, Richard Wong, said in a news release that residents in Hawaii are encouraged to keep all of their personal and business records secure.
The governor and chief medical officer of Hawaii, Dr. David Lassiter, issued a proclamation to advise the public to not travel into or around the area affected by the storm and to exercise extreme caution.
The declaration states that travel is expected to continue to be prohibited to the following locations:The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said in an advisory that all of the following travel plans should be delayed until further notice:All Hawaii residents are encouraged not to travel to the region affected by Tropical Storm Hank from Thursday through Saturday due to high levels of flooding and storm surge.
All Hawaiians should avoid the affected areas and return to their homes as soon as possible.
Residents are encouraged NOT to travel from the following areas:Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, and the Maui islands are now a disaster zone and should be avoided, officials said.
Those residents who choose to travel into these areas should take extra precautions, as well as the following:If you need help, call 1-800-222-1222 or visit a local shelter.