HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There have been several reports of power outages across the state:
Hawaiian Electric crews continue to work on restoring power outages caused by high winds and stormy weather.
Anyone who remains out of power should call 1-855-304-1212 to report their outage. Call volumes may be high due to the stormy conditions, so customers' patience is appreciated.
In addition, Hawaiian Electric urges to the public to follow these safety tips:
Stay away from downed power lines. Assume they are energized and dangerous. If you see someone injured after touching a downed power line, call 9-1-1 for help.
- Should you need to evacuate, take emergency supplies and remember to shut off electricity at the main breaker or switch.
- Make plans in advance to go to a safe location where electricity will be available if someone in your home depends on an electrically powered life support system and you don't have a backup generator. Some shelters are designed for people with health needs—just remember to take your own medical equipment and medications.
- When using a portable generator, carefully read and follow instructions in the manufacturer's manual. Do not plug the generator into your household electrical outlets. If you have a rooftop photovoltaic system, consult with your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your solar system. As a safety precaution, most photovoltaic systems are designed to safely shut down during outages. PV systems typically have monitoring systems which allow owners to check on the status of their system.
- If you become trapped in an elevator during a power outage, relax and stay calm until help arrives. Use elevator emergency communication systems to report where you are and who is with you. Do not try to force open elevator doors. Never try to exit a stalled elevator car. Always wait for trained and qualified emergency personnel.
Maui Electric has also issued this statement:
Crews responded last night and throughout the day to several outages in areas of upcountry including Piiholo, Olinda, Haiku and Kula, as well as parts of Kahului and Wailuku. Areas of Kualapuu, Kalae and Kalaupapa on Molokai also lost power.
Crews remain in the field working to restore power in Kahului, Wailuku, Waiehu and areas of upcountry. However, safety is a primary concern and although Maui Electric workers will do everything possible to bring customers back online, work will cease where conditions are too dangerous to continue.
At this time, areas of Piiholo, Olinda and Haiku remain without power. We ask that customers in these affected areas prepare to be without power through the evening. Crews will continue work in these areas tomorrow morning when weather and safety conditions improve.
Maui Electric thanks customers for their patience and understanding as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
[Update: Monday February 16, 205 7:35 a.m.]
Power has been restored for all customers in the Kapolei area, according to the Hawaiian Electric Company.
At last report, 2,900 on the Big Island were still in the dark, and that's likely going to be the case for the next several days. Authorities say albizia trees took out electrical lines and blocked roadways. Officials say families in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Kapoho, Nanawale and Leilani Estates might not get their lights back on until the end of the week.
[Update: Sunday February 15, 2015 9:00 p.m.]
80 customers are without power in the Kapolei area. First responders are en route.
[Update: Sunday February 15, 2015 5:00 p.m.]
Today, crews restored power to 1,100 customers in portions of Kapoho, Vacationland, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Waimea, and North Kohala.
As of 4:00 p.m., an estimated 2,900 customers were without power in portions of Leilani Estates, Nanawale, Lanipuna, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches, Nanawale, Tangerine Acres, Leilani Estates, Fern Forest, Fern Acres, Hawaiian Acres, Eden Roc, Wood Valley, South Point, and Ahualoa.
Due to extensive damage, customers in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Nanawale, Leilani Estates, and Lanipuna are advised to prepare for the possibility of extended outages through this week.
[Update: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:00 a.m.]
BIG ISLAND- Hawai'i Electric Light crews on Hawai'i Island are continuing to restore power to customers who lost electricity as a result of recent high winds.
Crews worked through the night to restore power to customers in portions of Hawaiian Paradise Park, North Kohala, Hawaiian Acres, Hawaiian Shores, Aloha Estates, Volcano Village, Hawi and Hilo.
As of 9:00 a.m., an estimated 4,000 customers were without power in portions of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches, Kapoho, Nanawale, Leilani Estates, Tangerine Acres, Lanipuna, Fern Forest, Fern Acres, Hawaiian Acres, Eden Roc, Wood Valley, South Point, Waimea, North Kohala and Ahualoa.
Crews will be assessing damage, clearing fallen trees and debris, and replacing damaged infrastructure.
Due to extensive damage, customers in Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Kapoho, Nanawale, and Leilani Estates are advised to prepare for the possibility of extended outages through this week. For those who remain without power for an extended time, below are some food safety tips.
[Update: Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:52 a.m.]
MAUI- Maui Electric crews worked late into the night on Saturday restoring power to an additional 450 customers. As of this time, 270 customers, of the initial 3,520 county-wide affected customers, remain without power in pockets of upper Olinda, Piiholo, upper Kimo Drive, Haiku, Kahului, Wailuku, and Waiehu.
Crews were back out at first light this morning and will continue efforts to bring customers back online throughout the day.
[Update: 8:50 p.m.]
OAHU-Power has been restored to all Kaaawa area customers.
[Update: 8:00 p.m.]
OAHU- All power has been restored to customers in the Wahiawa area. Approximately 950 customers remain without power primarily in the following areas: Ka`a`awa, Kailua, Kaneohe, and Maunawili.
[Update: 7:45 p.m.]
OAHU-390 customers are without power in the Wahiawa area. First responders are working on restorations.
120 customers are without power in a section of Maunawili. Crews working on making repairs.
[Update: 7:00 p.m.]
OAHU- Crews have begun the restoration process in Hawaii Kai and are working to safely restore all customers as soon as possible.
[Update: 6:50 p.m.]