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Gusty winds cause some power outages

  • COURTESY HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Downed trees and power lines in Maunawili.
  • JAMES GARRETT / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Strong winds caused a tree to snap at the base in front of the Hokuloa townhouses in Kaneohe early Saturday morning.
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Strong winds and heavy rain have caused some power outages across the state, downed trees, and road closures. 

Hawaiian Electric Company says that as of 8 p.m. Saturday, approximately 950 customers remain out of power primarily in Ka’a’awa, Kailua, Kaneohe and Maunawili. Around 4:45 p.m. power was restored to approximately 1,200 customers in Kailua and an estimated 300 customers in Maunawili. About 1,400 customers were still without power in Kaaawa, Kailua, Maunawili, Punaluu, Kunia, and Waipahu.

Hawaiian Electric crews continue to work on restoring power outages caused by high winds and stormy weather.

Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light says crews are also working on wind-related outages on Maui and the Big Island. 

On the Big Island, as of 5:30 p.m., an estimated 5,000 customers are without power in portions of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Kapoho, Nanawale, Leilani Estates, Fern Forest, Fern Acres, Hawaiian Acres, Eden Roc, Aloha Estates, Volcano Village, Hawi, Wood Valley, Hilo, and Waimea.

Strong winds toppled trees and caused extensive damage to power lines and utility poles. Ongoing windy conditions make it unsafe for tree trimmers to clear roadways and for crews to conduct assessments and make repairs. Customers in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Kapoho, Nanawale, and Leilani Estates are advised to prepare for extended outages which could last into next week and in some areas, much longer.

On Maui, the areas of Piiholo, Olinda, Haiku, and Kula lost power Friday night after winds brought down trees and power lines.

About 1,100 customers have been brought back onine in areas of Haiku, Kahului and Wailuku, the utility said Saturday night. Still without power were about 770 customers in Olinda, Piiholo, upper Kimo Drive, parts of Haiku and parts of Kahului.

Crews responded to the scene in Piholo, but work was suspended after a large tree came down on a Maui Electric truck as crews conducted repairs, officials said. Crews are continuing restoration efforts.

Just after 8 a.m., 3,762 customers in parts of Wailukuy, Waiehu, and Kahakuloa lost power after the winds blew a tie wire loose in Wailuku Heights. Power was restored to all customers around 9:30 a.m.

On Molokai, 186 customers were without power in Kalae, Kualapuu, and Kalaupapa around 11 a.m. when winds broke a cross arm. Power was restored to all but two customers at 11:46 a.m., Maui Electric officials said.

Hawaii Electric Light says the wind caused trees and branches to damage power lines primarily in the Puna area. Crews are working to restore service to customers in Aloha Estates, Mountain View, Hawaiian Acres, Ainaloa, Orchidland, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, and Nanawale.

A wind advisory has been issued for Oahu until 6 p.m. Winds from 25 to 30 mph are expected with localized gusts over 50 mph, according the Department of Emergency Management.

Winds will gradually diminish through the afternoon, officials said.

Police closed Kunia Road in both directions from Kunia Drive and Anonui St. due to damaged and downed utility lines around 4:38 a.m.

In Waialua, Kaukonahua Road is closed from Wilikinia Dr. to Thompson Corner after a tree fell across Kaukonahua Road around 5 a.m.

Kawailoa Road in Kailua fronting Buzz’s Steakhouse was closed due to a downed utility pole around 4 a.m. but was reopened just before 8 a.m.

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