Power restored to hundreds of customers on the Big Island

Power restored to hundreds of customers on the Big Island

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Electric Light crews worked to restore power to 900 customers on Sunday.

High winds from Tropical Storm Darby knocked out power in various parts of Hamakua, upper Puna and Kona.

Crews worked through the night to repair utility poles and power lines that were damaged by fallen trees, branches and bark.

"Many of our employees have been working around the clock since Friday to prepare for the storm and to then safely restore electric service as quickly as possible," said Rhea Lee-Moku, public information officer. "We know how difficult it is to be without electricity for a long period of time, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding."

Another 100 customers in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Leilani Estates, Kapoho, Orchidland Estates, Honokaa and Kailua-Kona remained without power for several hours longer. Power was fully restored by 5:30 p.m.

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