Hawaiian Electric Company restores power to 60,000 customers

Published: May. 3, 2011 at 2:19 AM HST|Updated: May. 3, 2011 at 4:45 AM HST
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Iesha Kubo
Iesha Kubo
Julio Luy
Julio Luy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Electric Company crews restored power to roughly 60,000 customers affected by an outage caused by severe weather. The blackout appears to be due to two major transmission lines serving the Koolau and Pukele substations going out of service as a result of possible lightning strikes.

The intense downpours created hazardous conditions for drivers. Police kept a close eye on the rising water in Manoa Stream. The lights were out at Manoa Marketplace, but customers walked through Safeway's dark aisles with flashlights to stock up on supplies.

"My roommates texted me. We need candles cause the power is out so I'm doing them a favor," said shopper Matt Haynes.

With many traffic signals out, police officers directed vehicles at intersections like Castle Junction. Over at Enchanted Lake Shopping Center, customers waited in line outside Safeway to pick up items like bottled water.

"We're here for ice and perishable items and cards in case we get bored later on, and chips and food to eat cause we can't really cook on the stove," said shopper Iesha Kubo.

L&L Drive-Inn was able to stay open thanks to its gas powered stoves.

"The power went off and we had to turn on our emergency light," said Julio Luy of L&L Drive-Inn.

The restaurant could only offer a limited menu to a steady stream of customers.

"We got a lot of customers who are wanting to eating. They're hungry, yeah?" said Luy.

Honolulu firefighters responded to several weather-related emergencies, including a report of lightning striking an antenna at a Waianae home. Crews also responded to a dozen calls for water evacuations, rescued people trapped in nine elevators, and received 3 calls for arcing electrical wires between 5 and 8 p.m. on Monday evening.

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