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Volunteers no longer heading to Hawaii as Hurricane Lester changes course

Kaly Sun, right, removes boards from her restaurant in Pahoa, Hawaii after Tropical Storm Madeline moved through the area, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. The tropical storm left parts of Hawaii's Big Island soggy but intact as residents of the island state prepare for a second round of potentially volatile tropical weather. Hurricane Lester remains on track to impact the islands this weekend, but possibly after being downgraded to a tropical storm. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Red Cross has rescinded travel plans for two Phoenix-area volunteers who were set to deploy to Hawaii.

Diane Garcia and Dan Crane expected to leave for the islands Saturday morning but will no longer travel due to the weakening threat from Hurricane Lester. Hawaii was taken off hurricane watch early Friday as Lester’s projected path swung north of the islands, reports the Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii already was on alert with Hurricane Madeline threatening it earlier this week.

One Phoenix volunteer from the Red Cross was already sent to Kauai, Ha., and remains there.

Five more Arizonans are in California to help with problems caused by wildfires. There are currently 49 volunteers from Arizona dispatched to aid in disaster relief in California, Hawaii and Louisiana, according to the Red Cross.

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