Traffic along Hana Highway between Keanae and Hana is being contra-flowed at this hour while crews work to clear down utility poles and lines.
Just before noon, the road was reopend to traffic at Mile Marker 28 after being completely closed in the wake of damage caued by winds and rain associated with Tropical Depression Flossie.
As of now, Maui Electric Company and Hawaiian Telcom crews estimate repairs to be complete and the road completely reopened by 6 p.m. today.
By Kau’i Awai-Dickson
KAHULUI – Maui Electric Company crews worked around the clock to restore power to customers following the wrath of Tropical Depression Flossie that left more than 9,800 customers without power yesterday. An estimated 500 customers remain without power at this time with restoration for at least the majority of customers expected sometime today.
Workers are currently responding to small isolated outages affecting various parts of the island including Kokomo, Kauhikoa, Makawao, Kula, Waiehu, Wailuku, Kahului, Maui Meadows, and Huelo to Nahiku in East Maui.
As of 9:45 p.m. last night, power had been restored to about half of the customers initially affected. An additional 4,000 customers were brought back online by 3 a.m. today. Lightning strikes to electrical equipment and fallen trees were found to be the cause of the outages experienced over the past 24 hours.
WAILUKU – Last night power outages knocked out the Central Maui Water System, preventing the County from refilling water tanks once they ran dry. Because of this, residents of Hana, Central Maui, South Maui, Upcountry Maui and Molokai were asked to conserve water until further notice.
Since that notification, Maui Electric has restored power to most areas so the County is rescinding the earlier notification to conserve water EXCEPT FOR HAIKU RESIDENTS living in the following areas:
· Kokomo Road
· Kaupakalua Road
· Kauhikoa Road
· Awalau Road
· Lilikoi Road
· and all roads or streets off the above main roads
Water service has been restored to all areas except for those areas in Haiku listed above. In the meantime, water tanker trucks with potable water will be placed at the top section of Hanzawa Store parking lot, near Awalau Road; a second water tanker truck will be placed at Puuomalei Road, off of Kokomo Road.
The public’s patience is appreciated as Department of Water Supply crews work to restore water service to affected areas.
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.
By Jeff King
As Maui County cleans up from the brief – but impactful – visit by Flossie, damage reports are being tallied while muck, mud and fallen limbs are cleared away. The Flash Flood Watch and High Surf Warning have both been canceled as drier air and lighter winds begin to fill in behind the storm.
The best news is that there were no storm-related deaths or serious injuries. Residents are asked to report storm-related damage on the Maui County website using the online form at www.mauicounty.gov . Those unable to use the online form are asked to report damage by calling Maui County Civil Defense at 270-7285.
As of 9:30 a.m. today, the County of Maui reports the following:
Department of Water Supply (DWS):
Due to power outtages in Haiku, the Haiku wells have not been running. Consequently, the Kokomo and Kaupakalua tanks are now empty and water service to Haiku is interrupted.
Water service to the following Upcountry areas has been disrupted:
• Kokomo Road
• Kaupakalua Road
• Kauhikoa Road
• Awalau Road
• Lilikoi Road
• and all roads or streets off the above main roads
Water tanker trucks with potable water will be placed at the top section of Hanzawa Store parking lot, near Awalau Road; a second water tanker truck will be placed at Puuomalei Road, off of Kokomo Road.
Central Maui to Keanae on Hana Highway: roads are open and have been cleared of debris.
Keanae to Hana on Hana Highway: Roads may be closed temporarily while crews work to clear debris.
Nahiku: The road to Lower Nahiku Village was blocked last night by large fallen trees; it is unknown whether crews have been able to remove the trees as of this morning. Local traffic only between mile markers 28-29 as utility crews work in the area; poles and wires are down.
Beyond Hana: Kalepa Bridge is impassable due to flooding. Public Works crews expect road closures and delays along Piilani Highway in the Kaupo area over the next two days as crews continue to inspect and repair roads and bridges. Pi’ilani Highway from Kalepa to Manawainui remains completel closed by boulders, mud and fallen trees.
All shelters have been closed as of 8:00 a.m. today.
Landfills and Refuse Collection:
Central Maui Landfill Open – Normal Operations
Molokai Landfill Open – Normal Operations
Lanai Landfill Open – Normal Operations
Hana Landfill – Delay in opening today; landfill staff not able to reach the landfill due to road conditions delaying travel. Estimated Hana Landfill opening is 11:00 a.m.
Delay in Upcountry refuse pickup due to street closure due to low-hanging cable line:
• Kekahi Place
• Kalua Place
• Hemala Street
• Kekolu Place
Trash will be collected on Thursday, August 1 for the above streets.
Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR):
• Waiehu Golf Course is open.
• County pools opened at 10 a.m.
• Commercial operators in County parks (CORA) are resuming activities in parks – all operators have been notified
• Parks-permitted events for Tuesday and Wednesday are being contacted by permit offices after the facilities have been inspected and determined to be operational for the permitted activities.
• Community classes and regularly scheduled DPR events will be contacted sometime today after facilities have been inspected and determined to be operational for the permitted activities.
• DPR staff will continue to inspect facilities and will provide an update on any Parks closures for maintenance or repairs later today.
The Hawai’i State Department of Land and Natural Resources has reopened most state parks after damage assesments were completed this morning. On Maui, Iao State Park and Makena State Park have reopened. However, the dirt road access to Black San Beach remains closed. Also closed are Waianapanapa State Park, Polipoli State Park, Kula Forest Reserve and Makawao Forest Reserve – all due to fallen trees and limbs that need to be removed. The closure of Waianapanapa may take longer to address as area power outages affect clean-up abilities.
Maui TV News will continue to collect and distribute updates in the aftermath of Flossie – a tropical depression that could have been much worse.
By Jeff King
As of 6 p.m. this evening, the heaviest effects (so far) of Tropical Storm Flossie are passing over Maui. Heavy downpours, lightning and thunder accompany strong and gusty winds as the storm makes landfall.
Flossie, the storm bringing heavy rain and wind to the Hawaiian islands, was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday night, the National Weather Service said – meaning our “target” of a tropical storm has been negated yet agan.
Acting Director Tom Evans of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center told The Associated Press the storm had consistently weakened through the morning thanks to winds that broke the layers of the storm apart.
Forecasters were now saying Flossie would bring rain of up to 6 inches on parts of the Big Island and up to 2 inches on Maui.
Dangerous waves were reported hitting the eastern shore of the Big Island on Monday, and TV footage showed high surf breaking on rocks near Hana in Maui, The Weather Channel reported.
Gusty winds downed trees Monday afternoon on the Big Island, knocking out power to some 5,000 customers in the Puna area, NBC station KHNL in Honolulu reported. Heavy rain was also reported as the storm tracked past the island.
As of 5 p.m. Hawaii time (11 p.m. ET) on Monday, the storm had maximum sustained winds measured at 35 miles per hour, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu. That put it below the level of 40 mph needed to categorize it as a tropical storm, KHNL reported.
And Mother Nature threw another curveball at Hawaii on Monday when an earthquake struck off Oahu, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The 3.5 magnitude quake, which happened at 10:31 a.m., was about 8 miles off shore and was too small to create a tsunami.
Beaches, harbors and three ports on the Big Island and Maui were shut and emergency shelters were activated over the weekend, according to NBC station KHNL. College campuses, parks, trails, campgrounds and courts were also closed Monday.
Federal and state officials had made preparations for storm-related emergencies, KHNL reported.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was also warning of dangerous conditions.
“Tropical storms can bring dangerous surf, damaging winds and both coastal and inland flooding,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Stay away from floodwaters, never drive through flooded roadways and follow the direction of state and local officials.”
With the entire state under a tropical storm warning earlier, Mike McCartney, president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, issued a statement to visitors asking them to heed all alerts issued by emergency agencies.
“Airlines have begun canceling flights,” McCartney said. “So we continue to ask visitors to contact their airlines and hotels directly to confirm their travel plans.”
As of early Monday, all of the state’s airports were still open.
Officials earlier urged people across the state capital of Honolulu, as well as Hawaii County, Maui County and the island of Oahu to take the “appropriate precautions.”
“Be alert to Flash Flood WARNINGS because flooding may occur rapidly and threaten life and property,” Hawaii’s Civil Defense Division said in a statement Sunday.
“Evaluate your family’s emergency plans and check your emergency kits,” it added.
The emergency department on Oahu also said residents should have a seven-day supply of food and water on hand as well as flashlights and spare batteries.
Cantin said that winds could knock down power poles and blow away loose objects and that people should be careful of trying to walk or drive across water if flooding occurs.
“It takes about six inches of water to knock you off your feet and 12 to move a vehicle,” he said in a statement late Sunday.
Flossie, the sixth named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, formed just over 1,000 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Wednesday, according to www.weather.com .
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