Thousands of Hawaii football fans may have experienced power interruptions during today’s Super Bowl because of the wind.
A Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman said the utility has been responding to a number of wind-related outages in Windward Oahu today, including in Kaneohe, Kailua, Kahuku, and Hawaii Kai.
“The situation has been fluid as some customers may have experienced several momentary flickers or a prolonged outage,” said Sharon Higa, HECO spokeswoman.
She said additional crews were working today and were responding as quickly as possible to reports of outages.
Higa said HECO appreciated customers’ patience as strong winds blew across Oahu. Parts of the island were under a wind advisory from noon today to 6 p.m. Monday.
At about 4:20 p.m., HECO’s Twitter page reported thousands of customers without power: 1,300 in Maunawili, 4,845 in Kaneohe, and 1,080 in Hawaii Kai.
Earlier, at 2:30 p.m. HECO’s outage map reported multiple outages in Kaneohe, Kailua, Hawaii Kai, and Aina Haina.
More than 3,000 customers were affected by an outage in Heeia and Kaneohe. Some 1,700 customers experienced an hour-long outage in Hahaione, Hawaii Kai, and Kuliouou, according to the map where HECO customers can also report outages.
HECO responded via Twitter to several irate customers commenting about the power interruptions during the game.
April Otte Duggan said on Twitter that the power went out for the 6th time at about 2:15 p.m.
“I have only seen 3 minutes of game.. grrrr,” she wrote.
Super Bowl LI started at 1:30 p.m. and was in the fourth quarter just before 5 p.m.
“Thank you for your patience,” HECO responded to Duggan on Twitter. “Crews are currently addressing.”