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Roads Blocked, Power Out in Large Sections of Puna

August 8, 2014, 12:44 PM HST
* Updated August 12, 5:28 PM
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“The trees that ate Puna” appear to be having some indigestion.

After an all-night wind lashing courtesy of Hurricane Iselle, Puna residents are reporting large numbers of fallen albizia trees, some of which are blocking roads and disrupting utility services.

One particularly large tree fell across Maku`u Drive near the HPP activity center, stranding area residents. Elsewhere in HPP, homes sustained damage as trees and branches collapsed over houses.

Property damage is being reported in various sections of Puna after Hurricane Iselle passed overnight. Photo by Darien Corrales.

Property damage is being reported in various sections of Puna after Hurricane Iselle passed overnight. Photo by Darien Corrales.

Residents of Kurtistown meanwhile reported road blockages along Momona road, while denizens of Volcano Village reported similar incidents disrupting access to area homes.

Reports of fallen trees causing property damage also came in from upper Wainaku in Hilo.

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Power outages continued in Hawaiian Paradise Park and Pahoa, while internet service and other utility disruptions were reported in various sections of East Hawai`i.

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