Big Island crews responding to outages caused by lightning

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PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i Electric Light Company personnel are responding to a small number of power outages caused by numerous lightning strikes throughout the Hamakua to Puna areas. The outages are sporadic and isolated.

"Despite the many lightning strikes to our transmission and distribution lines, our skilled crews and system operators have been able to restore service to most customers as quickly and safely as possible," said Roger Keller, Distribution Department Manager. "Restoration efforts are continuing, and the safety of our employees and customers is our top priority."

Power interruptions and voltage disturbances are possible as long as the stormy conditions persist. Do not touch fallen or low hanging power lines or anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed.

Customers may call 969-6666 to report power outages and downed power lines.

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