Remaining HELCO customers without power can expect extended outage

Remaining HELCO customers without power can expect extended outage

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai‘i Electric Light crews continue to work on restoring power as quickly as possible to customers who lost electricity as a result of Tropical Storm Iselle.

Officials say about 8,100 customers remained without power, mostly in the Puna District but also in smaller pockets on the east side of the island. Power was restored to a portion of Hawaiian Paradise Park late Saturday afternoon.

Crews have made significant progress repairing the main transmission lines that serve as the backbone of the island's electric grid, making the overall system more stable. Crews can now focus their attention on restoring power to individual neighborhoods.

Officials are asking customers who have not yet reported their outage to call 969-6666 to report it.

Customers who are still without power at this time should expect an extended outage into next week and, in some cases, much longer.

Hawaii Electric Light urges customers to remember downed power lines should be considered dangerous. Do not approach a downed line or attempt to move it. If you see someone injured by a downed line, call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Hawai‘i Electric Light's business offices will reopen for normal business on Monday. Some services, such as new service requests, may be delayed as work crews focus on the restoration effort.

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