A powerful first band of showers – downpours to be more specific – is wiping across Maui County at this hour. Click here for the latest radar animation. Already the early winter storm has left much of the east end of Moloka’i in the dark. Maui Electric crews are working to stabilize the situation and return service. (NOTE: Power has since been restored to all customers on Moloka’i)
At 5:13 this afternoon, Maui Fire Department crews were dispatched to Haiku Road between Kauhikoa and West Kuiaha Roads to deal with electrical lines that had been impacted by tree branches in high winds. On arrival they encountered a large tree branch across the road that had burned off a tree by high voltage power lines it contacted. A MECO lineman who just happened to be in the area responded quickly and had de-energized the lines by the time fire crews arrived. Haiku Road was closed for about 40 minutes while the branch was moved.
Motorists and area residents should be aware that MECO will close again when MECO crews deem it safe enough to repair the downed power line.
A great big MAHALO to that MECO lineman for handling what could have easily turned ugly. The other good news is that no one was injured.
Meanwhile a high wind advisory for the Haleakala summit continues. Forecasters say another strong band of showers can be expected – and possibly a third band later.