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Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Knock Out Power

By Leland Kim

EAST OAHU (KHNL) -- This storm blew in fast and sped over each island from north to south and west to east just as quickly.

Its fury is felt far and wide and our coverage begins Wednesday night on Oahu where tens of thousands of people were without power.

Wednesday evening, about 2,500 Hawaiian Electric Company customers were still without power.

Crews were still busy restoring power to all affected areas.

While most of us slept through the outage, businesses that were open overnight felt the impact.

Some parts of Oahu experienced 60 mile an hour wind gusts overnight.

Strong winds knocked out power to an estimated 45,000 customers. Poles and trees topled. One crushed this pick up truck.

The storm was also a crushing blow for business.

Power at this 24-hour Zippy's on Dillingham Boulevard went out at 3:30 in the morning.

"I guess the hardest part was waiting to see when the electricity will come back on and not knowing when and getting the employees to stay back, so that if it does go on, we can open right away for business," said Geri Maggay, Zippy's restaurant manager.

Power here came back up at around 10:30 am.

Customers who weren't as lucky came out for a bite to eat.

"Well, last night right before I went to bed watching TV, it went out at around 11," said Lani Vincent, a restaurant customer.  "I got the candles, and flashlights everything ready, went in my room thinking it might come on. It didn't."

"After a while I ended up falling asleep, and then when I got up at around 8 o'clock, it still wasn't on," said Jade Alexander, Vincent's granddaughter who came to eat with her grandmother.

Power was also out at many traffic lights, tying up morning commutes.

Police officers helped keep cars moving in places like the busy Nimitz-Sand Island Access Road intersection.

Hawaiian Electric Company crews worked through the day to restore power.

"We're moving as fast as we can, given the number of areas that need to be serviced, given the safety we need to be sure about it, still windy," said Peter Rosegg, Hawaiian Electric Company spokesperson.

HECO crews will continue working to restore power Wednesday evening.

They could not give us an exact timeline, but say they are doing it as quickly and safely as possible.

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