PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Electric Light crews restored power on Wednesday to the remaining 40 Hawaii Island customers who were in the dark since Friday due to severe weather over the weekend. All customers should now have power.
From Friday evening through Sunday morning, Hawaii Island was impacted by wind gusts of up to 50 mph in some areas. The winds toppled trees, blocked roadways, and damaged utility infrastructure, primarily in the Puna area. About 17,000 customers around the island experienced power interruptions or outages at one time or another. Crews from Hilo, Kona and Waimea worked to restore power since Friday evening.
Hawai‘i Electric Light is advising the community to be cautious of trees that could be weakened by the high winds. Weakened trees or their branches can fall after a storm has passed, which could cause new power interruptions.
Always 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. To report a downed power line or outage, please call 969-6666.
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