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150 customers still without power after Friday's storm

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[Update 1/6]

About 150 customers remain without power, primarily along the Hamakua coast, Wood Valley, and a few scattered areas in Puna, according to the Hawaii Electric Light Company. 

On Tuesday, repairs were completed in Ainaloa, Beers Road, Discovery Harbor, Fern Acres, Hawaiian Acres, Mauna Loa Estates, Orchidland, Nanawale, portions of Honokaa and Ahualoa, most of lower Puna, Puukapu, and Volcano areas.

Crews will be working in Ahualoa, Honokaa, Kalopa Mauka, lower Puna, Paauilo Mauka, and Wood Valley. Repairs are expected to be completed in the evening for most areas except for a remote area in Waipio Valley.

[Original story]

Hawaii Electric Light crews continue to make progress on restoring electric service to customers affected by recent severe weather conditions.

Today, repairs were completed in Ainaloa, Mauna Loa Estates, Orchidland, Nanawale, Hawi (except for Beers Road), portions of Honoka‘a and Ahualoa, most of lower Puna, Puukapu, and most of the Volcano area. Crews have been working long hours and will be getting some much-needed rest tonight and get an early start Tuesday morning. Crews will be working in Ahualoa, Beers Road, Discovery Harbor, Fern Acres, Hawaiian Acres, Honokaa, Kalopa Mauka, Kau, lower Puna, Paauilo, Volcano, and Wood Valley on Tuesday. About 360 customers are currently without power.

The community is encouraged to be safe and treat downed power lines as energized and dangerous. Do not handle or move any fallen or damaged utility equipment. If someone is injured by a downed power line, do not approach them. Call 9-1-1 for assistance.

Customers who remain with power and have not reported it are asked to call 969-6666. Due to the high call volume, customers may experience a longer wait time before speaking with a representative. The company sincerely apologizes for this inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.

On a separate note, the company received questions from customers who experienced many short power interruptions during the storm and wondered why that was occurring. During storms, strong winds can blow tree branches and other debris into power lines and cause short circuits. Lightning also can strike near power lines and cause short circuits. This can create very high currents, and the power lines must be turned off very quickly to prevent damage or further disruption to the rest of the power system.

Hawaii Electric Light uses automatic sensing devices to detect these short circuits and turn off power to the lines in a fraction of a second; this is when customers see a power interruption. In many cases, once the power is turned off, the line can be turned back on because the tree branch that caused the short circuit clears the line or the lightning strike dissipates. The automatic devices wait a few seconds and then turn on the power to the line; this is when customers see their power restored after a short time. Customers can experience multiple brief power interruptions during a storm because of frequent lightning strikes or trees and debris being blown into lines.

“We realize this can be frustrating for customers, but the alternative would be to have the power remain out of service during the entire storm since it would be too hazardous for electric utility workers to respond during the height of the storm when there are dangerous winds and lightning,” said Hawai‘i Electric Light spokesperson Rhea Lee. “We hope that our customers have a better understanding of what occurs during storms.”

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