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Kamehameha Highway reopened after storm downs utility poles

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:32 p.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013

Kamehameha Highway was reopened to traffic in both directions after repairs to utility poles downed during Saturday night's stormy weather were completed this afternoon.

Crews restored power to Jameson's by the Sea restaurant in Haleiwa after a utility pole fell there Saturday night.

Power was restored by 2:30 p.m., said HECO spokeswoman Donna Mun.

Hawaiian Electric Co. crews also estored power to the last 33 customers affected by a utility pole that fell in Laie after it was apparently struck by lightning Saturday night.

Mun said power was restored by 7:40 a.m., but telephone crews continued working on the pole to restore phone service.

For a while after the poles went down, the North Shore was cut off in two places as police shut down the highway.

Police  were later able to set up contra-flow lanes to direct traffic around the repair work.

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palani wrote:
Contraflow began around 9 am this morning. The HECO workers said the pole was hit by lightning; I saw a flash, but heard no boom, and I'm only a few houses away. Great job by the crew who were there since 8 pm last night, through torrential downpours and windy conditions - hey, maybe even "severe" weather!
on November 10,2013 | 01:09PM
localguy wrote:
How many times in the news when there is the slightest breeze, HECO power poles fall like dominoes? Why? HECO buys the cheapest poles possible and then puts an ineffective "Termite Wrap" around them, sticks them in the ground and expects them to last forever. So imagine if a large storm was to hit the islands how the roads would be blocked by thousands of downed power poles. HECO can't call for backup crews like the mainland can. They would be over whelmed trying to restore power. Now in Japan and Okinawa, they operate professionally. Metal poles hold the power lines, surviving Typhoons and other storms. It is unusual for the Japanese to ever lose power while in the Nei it happens every day. Perhaps if HECO invested in quality and quit padding a certain CEO's pay and bonus, rate payers would get better service.
on November 10,2013 | 10:03PM
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