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Hawaiian Electric Co vows to be prepared for storm

By Sarah Zoellick

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jul 28, 2013

The Hawaiian Electric Company on Oahu said it has crews on standby today and plans to be fully staffed Monday when Tropical Storm Flossie is projected to impact the isles.

The National Weather Service upgraded Oahu to a tropical storm warning status, meaning Flossie could bring winds of 39 mph or higher in the next 36 hours.

HECO spokesman Peter Rosegg said the company is watching the storm forecast closely and taking usual precautions such as filling its trucks with gas and stocking them with standard maintenance supplies.

"We're going through the standard procedures we go through when we know a storm like this is coming," he said. "We'll be ready to deal with whatever the weather brings us."

Rosegg urged residents to make sure they have an ample supply of candles, battery-powered lamps, and batteries on hand in the event of an outage.

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Benibiker wrote:
It only takes a sneeze to lose power on the islands, I can imagine what this will bring... Hours and hours of darkness...
on July 28,2013 | 12:38PM
jtamura69 wrote:
Exactly!!! I like the ending of the article, "in the event of an outage". That's classic comedy!
on July 28,2013 | 05:26PM
Kealii wrote:
Ah-choo! Hah haha you no more power now!
on July 28,2013 | 06:06PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
LOL Benibiker.
on July 29,2013 | 12:35PM
olos73 wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 12:43PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
HELCO needs to immediately charge each meter hold another $5000.00 and call it a "Crisis Charge Adjustment".
on July 28,2013 | 01:11PM
Tony91 wrote:
If "prepared" means to do nothing at all then HECO is better prepared than any other utility in the u.s.
on July 28,2013 | 05:33PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
I hope all the electricity and all the communication devices and networks can go out forever thus closing down all the secretive communications and cell phone spying and cell phone whispering and get people to break their awful sexting habits and retreat silently for a bit Maybe after a little bit of withdrawal they can break all their wretched addictions to juggling many cell phones! Just go and watch the VCAA behave like a monkey and scratch his pockets for textual vibrations from his Chinese mistress of the EWC! The EWC and UH should be ashamed to keep those two on.. just like New Yorkers should be ashamed to give Michael Weiner any credence!
on July 28,2013 | 05:52PM
tasod wrote:
Crud, I switched to Scentsy... I don't have any candles !
on July 28,2013 | 05:56PM
Morimoto wrote:
Where do I get my "I survived Tropical Depression (it will be a TD when it reaches Oahu) Flossie" T-shirt?
on July 29,2013 | 10:12AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
"Rosegg urged residents to make sure they have an ample supply of candles, battery-powered lamps, and batteries on hand in the event of an outage." That's because HECO knows it is a near certainty their cr @ p power lines and equipment will go bad at some point in this storm.
on July 29,2013 | 12:35PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Break out the lanterns..I see darkness tonight
on July 29,2013 | 01:38PM
kauai wrote:
Heh, here's a sample of certainty: power went out at about 7:30 am this morning in the Ahuimanu area of Kaneohe. Weather conditions at the time? Very light drizzle, practically no wind to speak of. Why did the power go out? I've long ago given up calling HECO about outages; automated voice menu system, no real person to speak to, and no explanation for the outage.
on July 29,2013 | 02:27PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
ohhh nice really I live in that area..that's expected..better treat the kids to a dinner out before its too late..lol
on July 29,2013 | 02:54PM
kanaka wrote:
"vows to be prepared" Code for...increase rates and decrease service
on July 29,2013 | 03:29PM
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