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Wet lines may have caused outage in Kaimuki

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:52 a.m. HST, Nov 11, 2013

A power outage that caused more than 1,000 customers to lose electricity in Kaimuki may be weather related, a Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman said.

The outage happened at about 2 p.m. near Waialae and 7th avenues.

HECO spokeswoman Donna Mun said sparking on the lines may have been  caused by rain.

Crews were able to restore power to about 717 customers by 2;24 p.m.

Power was restored to the remaining 292 customers at about 4 p.m.

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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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