Cold Turkey? Blame the wind

Cold Turkey? Blame the wind

Repair crews with Hawaiian Electric Company were working late Thanksgiving night to restore electricity to customers around Oahu who had their power knocked out by strong wind.

At about 5 p.m., a time when some were just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner and others were still cooking, an estimated 1,200 customers in Kalihi lost power. All of the apartments in Kuhio Park Terrace were dark. That outage was resolved when the power popped back on at about 7:35 p.m.

Shortly after 7 p.m. the wind snapped a utility pole on Kamenani Street. The top third of the pole and the three transformers it was supporting came crashing to the street below. By 10 p.m. a new pole had been trucked in to replace the broken pole. Repairs there were expected to take all night.

At about 9 p.m. an estimated 2,700 customers in the Punahou / Makiki area lost power. Their electricity was restored by 9:40 p.m.

There were other smaller outages including one on Puuloa Road that affected 16 businesses and another on Holt Street in Makaha that took electricity away from roughly 100 homes.