Hawaii is known worldwide as one of the best vacation destinations on the planet. There are sandy beaches, palm trees, and lots of sunshine.

But, as of today, the government of Canada is advising people to completely avoid all non-essential travel the islands.

And there’s a pretty good reason to stay away. 

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The government is directing Canadians to avoid, “Hawaii County and Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Oahu,” due to the fact that a potentially devastating hurricane is about to grip the area.

Hurricane Lane is has been classified as a Category 5 hurricane, the highest rating there is for the natural disaster.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall on the Hawaiian Islands as early as tomorrow.  

Below is the hurricane as viewed from space. 

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The storm is predicted to lose some of its energy before it hits the islands but is expected to still be a Category 4 storm when it first makes landfall. 

Many weather experts are predicting that the storm will hit the islands on Thursday this week. 

Residents of the islands are being told to prepare for lots of rain, heavy winds and potentially deadly flash flooding. 

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Many businesses on the islands have closed their doors while people prepare for the storm. 

It will likely take a few days for the storm to completely pass over the series of islands. Many predict the storm will be in the area until at least Saturday.

So, if you were looking for a trip to celebrate the coming end of summer, you may want to completely avoid considering the Hawaiian Islands. 

Source: Government of Canada, AccuWeather

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