Crews dealing with wind damage across Hawaii

Courtesy: Kim Erb
Courtesy: Kim Erb

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Families in storm-ravaged neighborhoods face a long road to recovery. Crews are working non-stop to fix damaged roofs and clear downed utility lines and trees.

Oceanview Roofing has been swamped with calls from frantic homeowners on Oahu since Friday night. The wild weather ripped off roofs, damaging dozens of houses.

"Some are severe. Some are just a few missing shingles, like this poor family here, their roof landed over a 100 feet away. They have no electricity in the house and they have severe water damage inside the house," said Peter Michelmore, president of Oceanview Roofing.

The gusty southwest winds caused headaches across the island, especially on the windward side.

"In my 26 years of living in Hawaii as a roofing contractor praying for bad weather, we haven't had anything like this," said Michelmore.

Over on the Big Island, Civil Defense officials are still gathering information about damage to homes and public facilities. A huge tree came crashing down on a Waimea home, crushing two cars. Roughly 1,600 customers are still without power. Hawaii Electric Light officials said workers are making progress in the Puna areas of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Acres. The damage from fallen albizia trees in Nanawale, Leilani Estates, and Lanipuna is so extensive, power likely won't be restored in those places until Wednesday.

"As of yesterday, all roadways were open, that's the main roadways and highways. There may be some subdivision internal roads that have some trees and power lines," said Darryl Oliveira, civil defense administrator.

Hawaiian Telcom restored phone and internet service in Kona late Saturday night, several hours after high winds severed a fiber cable, but Oliveira said some people are still cut off.

"Because many customers rely on Oceanic Time Warner for telephone service in those areas where we have the utility poles, trees and lines down in Puna, we still have customers without phone service," he said.

Oliveira said the response to this storm was different from Iselle because residents weren't stuck for a long time in their neighborhoods. Nearby stores also had supplies of ice and water to help deal with the extended power outage in some communities.

On the Valley Isle, Maui Electric crews planned to clear trees and debris on Monday to restore power to the final 20 customers in Haiku and Olinda.

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