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Casualties build as wildfires engulf Maui

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Lahaina, HI – A historic city in Hawaii, Lahaina – on the west coast of Maui – is currently burning as a wildfire has claimed lives of residents and destroyed the area. In fact, at least 36 people have been confirmed dead due to the fire.

“Hundreds of families have been displaced, dozens of businesses have burned, and there’s a strong chance some people have died,” reported a city page updating on the fire.

As of now, 11,000 individuals have evacuated Maui. For some, they are evacuating through the ocean and being rescued by the US Coast Guard.

Rightfully so, United Airlines has canceled all inbound flights to Kahului Airport, but will fly in planes with no passengers in order to help evacuate people from the area.

“We’ve canceled today’s inbound flights to Kahului Airport so our planes can fly empty to Maui and be used as passenger flights back to the mainland,” United said.

Hurricane Dora has been moving west over the Pacific Ocean recently. While the hurricane is hundreds of miles south of Hawaii, winds traveling 45miles per hour, plus gusts of 60 mph helped to create the wildfires, the National Weather Service reported.

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