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Repair crews restore power to customers in East Maui

UPDATE: 12:55 p.m.

Hawaiian Electric Co. crews restored power to all customers in East Maui impacted by a power outage when a large tree struck power lines off of Hana Highway Sunday.

Crews removed the tree and restored power at all customers at about 12:10 p.m. today.

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Blustery weather knocked out power to Hana Airport and other parts of East Maui Sunday night.

A large tree pinned down power lines off of the highway, causing the outage to the airport and Hana High & Elementary School. Approximately 200 customers in East Maui including Keanae, Lower Nahiku, Nahiku Homesteads and parts of Hana also suffered an outage, according to Shayna Decker, spokeswoman of Maui Electric.

Power was restored to parts of Hana including Hana High & Elementary at about 9:15 p.m. after crews rerouted power.

Crews are currently on scene removing the tree and working to restore power to all customers including the airport by noon today, Decker said.

The outage did not cause any interruptions to airports operations at Hana Airport.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for all islands through this afternoon.

The National Weather Service said the atmosphere remains unstable and the ground in many windward and upslope areas is saturated from the recent heavy rainfall.

Forecasters also said strong winds are also expected.

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