Maui Electric crews restore power to Waiehu, Haiku and most of Nahiku

After heavy rains yesterday and a vehicle-pole accident Friday morning, Maui Electric crews have worked to restore power to approximately 2,250 customers in Waiehu to Kahakuloa and about 6,200 customers in Makawao to Keanae.

Crews are currently in the Nahiku area working to restore service to approximately 200 remaining customers by 5 p.m. Friday.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. Thursday, 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.

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.

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 the utility’s Trouble Lines: Maui: 871-7777 and Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461.

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