Flight cancellations piling up as Tropical Storm Lane's rains, winds felt

8/24 4 p.m.: Hurricane Lane downgraded to Category 1 storm

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The number of flights canceled because of Lane is growing.

Officials with the National Weather Service announced on Friday evening that Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm after significantly decreasing to maximum sustained winds of 70 mph around 5 p.m.

Before the downgrade, American Airlines announced early Friday that it was canceling all flights to and from Kahului until Saturday. United Airlines announced similar Maui flight cancellations on Thursday.

In addition to canceling all 'Ohana by Hawaiian flights on Friday, Hawaiian Airlines said that it was canceling the following flights:

  • HA101 (Hilo to Honolulu)
  • HA346 (Honolulu to Kahului)
  • HA201 (Hilo to Honolulu)
  • HA332 (Honolulu to Hilo)
  • HA587 (Kona to Honolulu)
  • HA38 (Kahului to San Francisco)
  • HA201 (Hilo to Honolulu)

Additionally, HA37 (San Diego to Kahului) and HA17 (Las Vegas to Honolulu) were canceled for what was reported to be mechanical issues, as were HA43 (San Jose to Honolulu) and HA11 (San Francisco to Honolulu).

Airlines have offered travel waivers as Hurricane Lane approaches, and urged travelers to confirm their flight isn't canceled before heading to the airport.

Ross Shigashi, deputy director of the state Airports Division, said airports will remain open barring major damage.

It is unknown at this time if the recent change in Lane's status will undo any flight cancellations.

This story will be updated.

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