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Crews from the Hawaiian Electric Companies continue responding to outages

following Tropical Storm Flossie

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July 29, 2013, 9:45 p.m.  
   
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(HONOLULU) –Maui Electric crews restored power to the island of Molokai, which experienced an islandwide power outage at 7:40 p.m. Power was restored by 8:25 p.m. Preliminary assessments indicate the outage was caused by lightning strikes.

In addition, Maui Electric crews have been responding to storm-related outages in central and upcountry Maui, which initially affected a total of approximately 9,800 customers. The outages were reported after heavy rains and thunderstorms were reported in those areas. At this time, parts of Wailuku, and Waiehu to Kahakuloa remain without power.  Small pockets of customers in Kahului, Haiku and Kula are also affected,   In addition, storm conditions damaged power lines in Hana, cutting off service to approximately 900 customers in the area. Those customers are expected to remain out of power overnight.

At this time, about 4,500 customers on Maui remain without power.

On Hawaii Island, Hawaii Electric Light has finished restoring power to nearly all customers. Crews are continuing to restore power to a few customers on the east side of the island. Earlier today, outages caused by gusty winds affected customers throughout the lower Puna area. Any customers that are experiencing a power outage and have not contacted the company are asked to call Hawaii Electric Light at 969-6666 for assistance.

On Oahu, Hawaiian Electric has not yet experienced any storm-related outages. Crews are standing by to respond to any problems that may develop as stormy weather impacts Oahu.

Power interruptions and voltage disturbances are possible as long as stormy conditions persist. Do not touch fallen or low-hanging power lines or anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed.

Call 911 in the event of an emergency. To report a downed power line or an outage, please call:

. Oahu: 548-7961
. Hawaii Island: 969-6666
. Maui: 871-7777
. Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461