By Tyne Phillips HNN Fall Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- With Olivia approaching the islands, electric crews are gearing up for the possibility of outages and say they'll be ready to respond to outages.
"The Hawaiian Electric Companies have focused on hardening our island grids over the past several years, but they are not immune to storms like Olivia," said Ron Cox, senior vice president of operations, in a news release.
"There will be outages if the islands are hit by powerful winds, torrential rain, and flooding. Once the storm has passed and it is safe for our crews to begin restoration, we will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power."
The electric companies are in touch with Western Regional Mutual Assistance Group and Edison Electric Institute to help provide utility workers and equipment as needed.
And before the storm season approached, the electric companies had their employees go through extensive training on how to respond quickly and safely during storms.
This story will be updated.