Power restored to all customers in Downtown Honolulu after severe weather

-- Communities are cleaning up after heavy downpours and flooding left a huge mess in some areas. -- The state Department of Health is reporting six additional
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 6:33 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Power has been restored to all remaining customers in Downtown Honolulu early Thursday after floodwaters damaged key equipment during severe weather earlier in the week, triggering a major outage that left thousands in the dark, the Hawaiian Electric Company said.

HECO said crews were able to complete repairs and get power back on around 2:20 a.m.

Oahu’s downtown outage happened when flooding caused three transformers at the Iwilei Substation to fail Monday night, impacting customers from the state Capitol to the federal courthouse and residential condos.

HECO said the Downtown grid is one of its most complex, and it would take time before it was fully operational.

Crews couldn’t pump out the floodwaters until the rains stopped early Tuesday. By then, they found about 300 feet of high-voltage cable damaged. The first buildings — including the state Capitol, state offices and city municipal buildings, district court, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank — were then brought back online.

On Maui, crews are working to restore less than a dozen customers without power in Upcountry and Hana.

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