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Broken Insulator Causes Power Outage Near Hilo Life Care Center

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Approximately 1,040 customers lost power in the upper West Kawailani Street area of Hilo Thursday morning due to a broken insulator.

The power outage occurred around 8:45 a.m. The broken insulator caused a loud boom noise, according to a resident in the area.

Hawai’i Electric Light, via its Twitter page, said that power was restored to all customers at approximately 10:45 a.m. However, Whitney Iranon, Assistant Technical Superintendent Operations at Hawai’i Electric Light, said that as of 1:20 p.m., technicians were still working near the utility pole where the incident started, near Frank’s Foods. Power to customers immediately in that area had not been restored as of that time.

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