HECO Works Through the Night to Restore Power Across Oahu

(HECO Press Release)

(KHNL) -- Hawaiian Electric Company crews worked through the night to continue restoring power to customers across Oahu.

In the Nanakuli area significant progress was made overnight in replacing the fallen poles. Hawaiian Electric is working with telephone and cable companies to restring lines on the new poles.

"We now have about 1,600 customers remaining without power in parts of Waimea, Wahiawa, Nanakuli, and Maili, as well as in some pocket areas around the island," said Lynne Unemori, Vice President of Corporate Relations. "Crews are working hard to restore power to customers as soon as possible; however, on the Waianae Coast especially customers should be prepared to be without power for the remainder of the day."

"Also, for those still without power, we remind those customers to unplug all sensitive electronic equipment to avoid damage in case of a power surge when power is restored. Turn off power to electric water heaters at the circuit breaker to reduce the initial demand for power and reduce the risk of blowing fuses on the circuit when it is restored," she added.

"We know this is a very difficult situation for those who have been without power for this extended period," Unemori said.  "We thank everyone for their continued patience."

Hawaiian Electric asks customers not in the areas listed above who are still without power and who have not reported their outage to call 548-7961 to report it.