Passing storm leaves wake of power outages and closed roads

Downed tree in Wahiawa

In the aftermath of Friday’s storm on Oahu, the Honolulu Fire Dept. reports that, as of midnight, there were calls for seven arcing wires, 25 cases of house roofs being blown off, 65 for downed trees, and nine concerning power line problems.

Hawaiian Electric has restored power to two areas that had no electricity overnight: 130 customers along Kunia Road got their power back Saturday morning, and 1,300 residents in Launani Valley in the Mililani-Mauka area, who were without power since 8 p.m. Friday, got their service restored at 1:35 p.m. Saturday.

The utility company reports other major areas that experienced outages of varying lengths included Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Nuuanu, Waimanalo, Kaneohe, Kailua, Palolo, Mililani, Waialua, Wahiawa and the North Shore.

A Brown Water Advisiory has been issued for Waimea Bay due to heavy rains last night. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris. Turbid water runoff have been known to attract sharks due to possible dead animals being washed into the ocean. If coastal waters are brown, stay out.

Downed tree in Kahaluu (Photo courtesy Randy Borges)
Downed tree in Kahaluu (Photo courtesy Randy Borges)

HAWAII ISLAND AND MAUI:

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the following roadways and highways on the Big Island are closed due to downed trees:

  • Highway 250 or the Kohala Mountain Road
  • Wood Valley Road in Pahala

State Highway and Department of Public Works crews are working to clear all roadways.

Alii Drive in the Kailua-Kona area between Hualalai Road and Walua Road is limited to one lane only and restricted to north bound traffic only. This is due to surf and erosion damage to the roadway along the coastline area. South bound traffic is being detoured in the immediate area.

Motorists are advised to be prepared for hazardous road conditions and possible unexpected road closures.

The following beaches and beach parks are closed due to high and hazardous surf conditions:

  • Laaloa or Magic Sands Beach
  • Kahaluu Beach
  • Mahukona Beach Park

Warning signs have been posted along Wailuku River and Hilo Bayfront due to a sewage spill that happened between 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Saturday. Approximately 900 gallons of sewage was cleared and washed down, and the area was disinfected.

Red Cross volunteers on Saturday assessed the damages brought by the wind storm overnight in Hawaii and Maui counties.

In Hawaii County, volunteers met with two families whose homes were destroyed in Pahoa and Mountain View and provided them with financial assistance for their immediate emergency needs of food, shelter and clothing.

In Maui County, volunteers identified two homes that appear to have sustained damage but are currently inaccessible. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with the families affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

As of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Maui Electric crews have restored power to all customers in Molokai and a majority of customers in Kahului and Wailuku.

Crews continue to work on restorations to approximately 4,888 customers remaining without power in pockets of Central Maui, Upcountry, Paia, Haiku and East Maui after high storm winds cut power to customers throughout Maui County late last night.

Customers in parts of Olinda and Haiku can also potentially expect an extended outage as crews continue to work their way to remote areas with downed lines or blocked roadways due to downed trees and debris.

In East Maui, Hana town is currently being powered by two generating units in Hana.

Haleakala National Park is closed due to downed trees and a landslide outside of the park’s summit entrance.

(Photo courtesy  Pauline Angelakis, NPS)
(Photo courtesy Pauline Angelakis, NPS)

A Brown Water Advisory has been issued for West Maui from Honolua Bay to Hanakao’o Beach Park due to heavy rains last night. Most impacted was Honolua Bay and Honokahua Bay.

The County of Maui Department of Water Supply asks all water consumers on the islands of Maui and Molokai to conserve water until further notice.

Due to power failures caused by the windstorm, approximately 50 percent of the water system pumping capacity is offline throughout the islands of Maui and Molokai.

Areas affected on Maui include Makawao/Olinda, Upper Kula, Kahului to Kihei (including Maui Meadows) and Iao Valley.

The Department requests that all consumers — residents and businesses — to please conserve water and avoid any unnecessary water use until further notice.

Call the 24-hour hotline at 270-7633 if a water-related problem occurs or if there are any questions.

Also, the Maui County Civil Defense Agency asks individuals and businesses to report damages from Friday night’s high wind events.

The information gathered will ensure that the County of Maui has a complete picture of the scope of damage caused by the high winds. The data collected will allow County officials to determine if our jurisdiction qualifies for any state or federal assistance, as well as to assist with flood plain mapping.

Completion of a Damage Assessment Survey does not constitute an application for assistance. Affected parties still need to file claims with their Insurance companies.

To report storm damage online, visit www.mauicounty.gov/StormDamageForm; reports can also be made by phone by calling (808) 270-7285.

 

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