Severe weather, vehicle accident knocks out power to thousands on Maui

Severe weather, vehicle accident knocks out power to thousands on Maui

HAIKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Severe weather and a vehicle accident cut off power out to thousands of customers across Maui, according to the Maui Electric Company.

At around 7:20 p.m. Thursday, heavy rains toppled a tree over onto power lines, knocking power out to about 200 customers from Nahiku to Hana. Around 11:15 p.m., 800 customers in Waiehu lost power when a tree fell onto electrical lines. An hour later, another tree branch fell on a power line, causing an additional 1,450 customers – from Waiehu to Kahakuloa – to lose power.

At approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday, a vehicle hit a utility pole along Kokomo Road – between Ala Olu Place and Koi Koi Place – which resulted in 6,200 customers lowing power from Makawao to Keanae.

Maui Electric crews were able to restore service to a majority of customers by 8 a.m. About 400 customers in Haiku remain without power.

Crews will continue to work throughout the day to restore the power.

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