Hurricane Lester

(10:40 a.m. BST) -- As Hurricane Lester reaches the Hawaiian Islands, Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America will depart Honolulu, Oahu, three hours early, at 4 p.m. today, to avoid the storm's path.

The cruise line has contacted passengers and asked them to arrive early to speed up today's embarkation process, with check-in starting from 9:30 a.m.

In a statement the line said: "The safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Lester, which is forecast to pass near the Hawaiian Islands this weekend."

This follows changes to the ship's itinerary yesterday due to Hurricane Madeline, which led to Pride of America extending its time in Kauai by four hours, departing at 6 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.

Currently at Category 2, Hurricane Lester has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and a Hurricane Watch is in effect for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe, and Oahu. According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center hurricane conditions are expected to continue today, with heavy rain and large swells expected to continue to build across Hawaiian waters.

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--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.