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Winds wreak havoc on Maui County’s electrical system

1100 customers have been brought back online in areas of Haiku, Kahului and Wailuku.

At this time, 770 customers in upper Olinda, Piiholo, upper Kimo Drive, parts of Haiku and pockets of Kahului, Wailuku, Waiehu and Hana remain without power.

Crews remain in the field restoring as many customers as safely and as quickly as possible. However, due to inaccessibility and unsafe conditions, we ask that customers in Piiholo, upper Olinda, upper Kimo Drive and parts of Haiku prepare to be without power through the night.

We know this is a hardship and appreciate the patience and understanding of those who remain without power.

As of 5:00pm, approximately 1870 customers of the total 3400 customers affected from the onset of the storm last night, remain without power as fierce winds continue to whip through Maui County.

Crews responded last night and throughout the day to several outages in areas of upcountry including Piiholo, Olinda, Haiku and Kula, as well as parts of Kahului and Wailuku. Areas of Kualapuu, Kalae and Kalaupapa on Molokai also lost power.

Crews remain in the field working to restore power in Kahului, Wailuku, Waiehu and areas of upcountry. However, safety is a primary concern and although Maui Electric workers will do everything possible to bring customers back online, work will cease where conditions are too dangerous to continue.

At this time, areas of Piiholo, Olinda and Haiku remain without power. We ask that customers in these affected areas prepare to be without power through the evening. Crews will continue work in these areas tomorrow morning when weather and safety conditions improve.

Maui Electric thanks customers for their patience and understanding as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

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