By Jeff King
A long and hazardous day is now behind first responders after Flossie blew through the island Monday. Maui Police and firefighters responded to several lightning strike calls.
At 6:17 p.m., Kahului firefighters responded to 640 Kipapa Place in Kahului. The woman who lives there reported a blinding blue streak of light – then deafening thunder. Firefighters discovered a 10-inch hole in the structure’s roof where lightning hit. Energy traveled the length of the roof’s gable. Miraculously, the woman was not injured. Damage is estimated at $1,000.00.
At 6:53 p.m., a building at the corner of Hobron and Amala Avenues in Kahului was struck by lightning. Upon arrivals, crews observed the damage – but no fire resulted.
At almost the exact same moment, a man was reportedly struck by lightning in Haiku. Makawao firefighters were sent to 1730 West Kuiaha Road – but Maui County Paramedics had already responded to the call and were treating the man. His condition was not immediately reported.
Again – at almost precisely the same moment, 6:57 p.m., MFD Ladder 14 from Wailea responded to 3456 Akala Drive in Maui Meadows for a home that was being flooded. Crews arrived to find water flowing about three feet high but gradually subsiding to about six to eight inches on the roadway.
Neighbors diverted the flood waters away from the house before it had a chance to cause any damage. The build up of green waste in the stream bed, caused the stream to clog and divert from its normal path. Public Works also responded with heavy equipment to clean up the green waste. This morning, volunteer crews and firefighters used high-pressure fire standpipe connections to continue to clear out the remaining sludge.
Maui Police spent the evening, the night and part of this morning directing traffic at intersections where power outages had disable traffic signals.