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UPDATE: Repairs Nearly Complete to Electrical Grid

January 6, 2015, 11:27 PM HST
* Updated January 7, 10:10 AM
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***UPDATE: An update was posted at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday to provide information regarding Hawai’i Electric Light’s overnight electrical repairs.***

Hawai’i Electric Light crew members working through the night Tuesday and into Wednesday restored power to 110 customers in the Kalopa, Ahualoa, Pauuilo, and Wood Valley areas.

The utility company says that another 10 customers remain without power, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. These customers reside on Cane Haul Road in Honoka’a and in a remote area of Waipio Valley. It is expected that these areas will have restored power by the end of the day.

*** Original Story posted at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday. ***

Crews with Hawai’i Electric light continued to make progress Tuesday in restoring electricity to customers who were affected by the storm system over the weekend.

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Service was restored in both lower and upper Puna, Kohala, as well as some areas in Ahualoa and Honoka’a.

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As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, about 120 customers were still without power, with most residing along the Hamakua coast and Wood Valley.

Hawai’i Electric Light said in a statement that “crews will work through the night to complete repairs.” The repairs were expected to be completed Tuesday night for all areas except for one remote section in Waipio Valley.

The utility company said that at one time or another, a total of 46,000 customers were without power during the weekend storm. About 6,700 outage calls were received over the two-day storm period, compared to an average of 50 calls the company receives daily.

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“Hawai’i Electric Light employees are committed to safely restoring service as quickly as possible,” said spokesperson Rhea Lee. “We live here, we work here, and we raise our families here. We understand the responsibility we have to our community, as we will do our best to serve our customers.”

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