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Kauai residents in Wailua area affected by power outages

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 28
                                High surf at Sandy Beach on Oahu. A high-surf advisory is in effect for the east-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii island through Sunday.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 28

    High surf at Sandy Beach on Oahu. A high-surf advisory is in effect for the east-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii island through Sunday.

UPDATE

12:30 p.m.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is working to restore power to customers in Wailua Houselots, Wailua Homesteads and on Olohena Road as well as Lawai. Area customers are experiencing outages today as of result of the storms.

“We are working to restore power and anticipate there may be scattered outages due to weather throughout the day. KIUC members are advised to monitor KIUC’s Facebook page and local media for the latest information on outages,” according to an emailed statement.

9:36 a.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting a line of strong thunderstorms affecting Kauai County.

At 8:57 a.m., the radar indicated a line of strong thunderstorms located near Omao to 29 miles east of Kapaa with movement west at 25 mph, according to a special weather statement. The storms are expected to bring winds in excess of 40 mph.

Potential locations affected included Lihue, Kapaa, Kalaheo, Kekaha, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Mana, Hanalei, Na Pali State Park, Omao, Barking Sands, Wainiha, North Fork Wailua Trails, Moloaa, Waimea, Wailua Homesteads, Wailua, Hanapepe and Koloa.

“Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways,” the statement said.

The advisory recommended campers seek sturdy shelter until the storms passed.

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Drivers on Maui and Hawaii island are urged to drive with extreme caution due to high winds today, while beachgoers, swimmers and surfers are urged to exercise caution before entering the eastern shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii island as a result of strong surf this weekend.

A high-surf advisory is in effect for the east-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii island through Sunday, while a wind advisory is in effect until tonight for portions of Maui County and Hawaii island.

According to the National Weather Service in Honolulu, strong trade winds will produce elevated, choppy surf along the eastern shores through Sunday night. The advisory expires at 6 a.m. Monday.

Expect surf between 7 and 10 feet along the eastern shores with moderate, strong breaking waves, shore break, longshore and rip currents that will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

“Beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials, and exercise caution. Know your limits; when in doubt, don’t go out,” the advisory said.

Expect east winds from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds are predicted to be strongest over the west of the terrain. The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today.

“Winds this strong are capable of downing trees, causing power outages, and downing tents and other temporary structures,” the advisory said.

A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of at least 30 mph or gusts of at least 50 mph are predicted.

“Motorists, especially those in high profile vehicles, are urged to drive with extreme caution,” the advisory said.

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