Severe weather triggers road closures, power outages across the state

Power outages, road closures reported as severe weather hits Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - First responders kept busy Sunday night into Monday morning as a low pressure area brought blustery conditions and rains to the island chain.

Both directions of Kamehameha Highway were reopened on Monday around 6:20 a.m. after crews cleared a tree that fell onto the roadway the night before.

Drivers initially were turned around at Waialee Beach Park, located near Velzyland, and at Kawela Bay. Some North Shore residents said they had to drive around the island to get to their destination.

Others chose to camp in their cars and wait until the road reopened.

The Hawaiian Electric Company said the tree also snagged some power lines, affecting up to 500 customers. But power was restored around 6:20 a.m.

Police also closed Farrington Highway in Nanakuli as crews responded to reports of a downed tree Sunday night. The roadway has since been reopened.

On the Big Island, Highway 11 near the 62 mile marker in Kau was reopened after a downed tree shut down both directions of the highway for several hours.

Kauai residents also got their fair share of problems. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says high winds caused multiple outages across the Garden Island.

Kauai County’s Department of Water reported that the disruption affected service to its water pump station and well site in Kilauea. The agency is asking customers to limit water usage to essential needs early.

Meanwhile, a flood advisory remains in effect for Oahu until noon.

This story will be updated.

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