Blustery winds bring down trees, utility poles

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Strong winds buffeted the islands Thursday, downing trees and utility poles and prompting officials to warn about the threat of power outages.

Over the course of the day, firefighters responded to at least eight wind-related calls.

They included blown roods and downed trees from Manoa to Waimanalo.

About 1 p.m., two utility poles near Makiki District Park came down amid strong winds, hitting the rooftops of nearby homes. The downed poles cut power to about 960 customers, but most had been restored by late afternoon.

The bigger problem: Traffic.

Two makai-bound lanes on Keeaumoku Street are closed in the area and aren't expected to re-open until Friday morning.

A H-1 Freeway on-ramp in the area is also closed.

HECO was also responding to a separate outage in Kalihi that affected about 420 customers. It wasn't clear whether that outage was wind-related.

The state remains under a Wind Advisory until 6 a.m. Friday. A Wind Warning is also in effect for the Kohala area of the Big Island.

Forecasters say windy conditions will peak Thursday afternoon, but should subside by Friday.

A downed tree created quite the traffic mess on Likelike Highway on Wednesday, closing Honolulu-bound lanes. All lanes have been reopened.

And on Thursday, a tree toppled over on Manoa Road, but it has since been cleared.

There was also a downed power pole reported in Barbers Point.

Earlier in the day, Waianae and Makaha saw widespread power outages, though it wasn't immediately what caused them.

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