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Winds cause, delay power restoration in East Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:38 p.m. HST, Feb 17, 2013

Hawaiian Electric Co. crews restored electricity by 1 p.m. to about 4,300 East Honolulu customers who had been without power since around 8:30 a.m. this morning, a HECO spokesman said.

Homes and businesses from Aina Haina to Waimanalo were affected, including Kalama Valley, the Hawaii Kai Towne Center and areas near Kalani High School.

High winds are blamed for the outage and for the delay in restoring power, HECO said.

Hawaiian Electric Co. crews had to hike in to the inspect transmission lines because the winds were too strong to send up a helicopter, delaying the repairs.

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allie wrote:
heco strikes again
on February 17,2013 | 10:57AM
1local wrote:
HECO should build battery storage in areas prone to outages. Batteries could be charged with PV from residential homes during daytime outages.
on February 17,2013 | 01:24PM
allie wrote:
on February 17,2013 | 03:10PM
username_required wrote:
Why? How much capacity are you willing to pay for? Is the expectation that every household will have the same level of redundancy. Will some people (folks with cross breezes, skylights, clotheslines, and tolerance for cold showers) be subsidizing others?
on February 17,2013 | 07:34PM
Benibiker wrote:
Do we live in a third world country....
on February 17,2013 | 12:38PM
Kealii wrote:
If you think we're a third world country, you obviously haven't been to any. So to answer your question -- no.
on February 17,2013 | 02:16PM
engineersoldier wrote:
I have, and the answer is yes when it comes to our power unreliability and the poor condition of our pavements.
on February 17,2013 | 06:55PM
username_required wrote:
But we have many varieties of breakfast cereal and chips in our supermarket aisles. Whole life insurance. Biore pore strips. A shave ice store on Liliha St that has a super size called "The Larry." Street Pulse. Whiners' Corner at the bottom of our news articles. Surely we must must be the envy of Papua New Guinea.
on February 17,2013 | 07:21PM
engineersoldier wrote:
Very, very good and funny. SA should hire you as a writer.
on February 17,2013 | 07:35PM
false wrote:
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on February 17,2013 | 12:53PM
goodday wrote:
How come?
on February 17,2013 | 12:55PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Seriously, if the wind blows more then 25 mph we lose power. WTH?
on February 17,2013 | 01:31PM
allie wrote:
on February 17,2013 | 03:10PM
keikomiley wrote:
It's an Act of God... Things happen.. Trees fall... Utility poles fall... Oh well.. It happens to everyone and everywhere.. Next time it'll be somewhere else...trust me. Maybe they should have built a power plant in Hawaii Kai..Our maybe put the windmills in Hawaii Kai so they won't need the undersea cable. Just tap it to the grumbling peoples home..
on February 17,2013 | 02:02PM
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