Due to heavy rains last night that caused trees to come down on power lines as well as a vehicle pole accident in Haiku, approximately 2,850 customers in areas of Waiehu, Haiku and Nahiku are currently without power. Maui Electric crews were called in to respond late last night and remain at multiple sites throughout the island working to restore power to affected customers.
At approximately 7:20 p.m. Thursday night, heavy rains brought a tree down on power lines in the Nahiku area causing about 200 customers to lose power from Nahiku to Hana. Around 11:16 p.m., about 800 customers in the Waiehu area lost power when a tree fell onto electrical lines. An hour later, another tree branch came down landing on a power line suspended 90-feet above a gulch and causing an additional 1,450 customers from Waiehu to Kahakuloa to lose power. Access to the gulch is extremely difficult and dangerous. However, crews are working as safely and quickly as possible to restore service by this afternoon.
At approximately 6:14 a.m. Friday morning, a vehicle sheared a utility pole along Kokomo Road between Ala Olu Place and Koi Koi Place causing about 6,200 customers from Makawao to Keanae to lose power. Maui Electric crews rerouted power to restore service to a majority of the Upcountry customers by 8 a.m. Currently 400 customers in Haiku in the area of Kauhikoa remain without power. Crews are working to replace the damaged pole and repair the downed lines to restore service by this afternoon.
The public is reminded to stay away from any downed lines or electrical equipment. Assume they are energized, or “live”, and dangerous. Please report any outages, and/or downed power lines and poles, to our 24-7 Trouble Lines: Maui: 871-7777 and Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461.
For customers who may experience an extended outage:
- During a power outage, a fully-stocked free-standing freezer will keep most of your foods frozen for up to seventy-two hours — if you don’t open the door.
- The freezer section of a refrigerator-freezer will keep most of your foods frozen ten to twenty-four hours. Try not to open the freezer door during an outage as you’ll let the cold air escape.
- If power restoration is taking longer than anticipated, put some dry ice in the freezer. Always use gloves or tongs when handling it. Dry ice can be placed directly on top of your foods. Remember, dry ice cools foods below it.
Customers can stay informed by signing up for outage and restoration notifications via email and/or text at www.mauielectric.com. More information will be shared as it becomes available throughout the day. Mahalo again for your patience and understanding as crews work to safely restore service as quickly as possible.
The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY in effect through late tonight.
STAY INFORMED: MAUIWatch will continue to monitor the situation and notify the public if we are placed into a watch or warning. Download the free MAUIWatch APP for critical notifications at app.mauiwatch.com