Several power outages throughout the night and during the day resulted from strong winds affecting our state. Areas of Piiholo, Olinda, Haiku and Kula lost power last night as strong gusts brought down trees and lines. Maui Electric crews responded to the scene in Piiholo, however work was suspended for safety reasons when a large tree came down on a Maui Electric truck as crews conducted repairs. Crews continue restoration efforts in these areas today.
This morning shortly after 8 a.m., 3,762 customers in parts of Wailuku, Waiehu and Kahakuloa lost power when winds blew a tie wire lose in Wailuku Heights. Power was restored to all customers at 9:30 a.m.
186 customers on Molokai in areas of Kalae, Kualapuu and Kalaupapa lost power shortly after 11 a.m. when winds broke a cross arm. Power was restored to all but two customers at 11:46 a.m.
Maui Electric reminds customers to use caution as this system continues through the County. Stay away from downed lines and call for help should you see a downed line or pole. Call 911 or Maui Electric at 871-7777 on Maui and 1-877-871-8461 toll-free on Lanai and Molokai.
A MECO press release added, “We will do everything possible to bring customers back online as quickly and safely as possible. For those currently without power, remember to keep the refrigerator door closed to keep food cold. If using propane or open flame to cook, do so outside and use caution if using a generator.”