East Hawaii News

Significant Progress Made in Power Restoration

February 16, 2015, 4:25 PM HST
* Updated February 16, 4:29 PM
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Hawai’i Electric Light says that it has continued to make progress in restoring power to areas of the island that have remained out since this weekend.

According to a company statement, about 1,300 customers had power restored between last night and 9 a.m. Monday. Power was restored to portions of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches, Nanawale, Tangerine Acres, Fern Forest, Fern Acres, Eden Roc, Wood Valley, South Point, and Ahualoa.

As of early Monday afternoon, approximately 1,600 customers were still without electricity. Those customers were located in Hawaiian Paradise Park, Orchidland, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Beaches, Nanawale, Leilani Estates, Lanipuna, and Hawaiian Acres. Company crews from Hilo, Waimea, and Kona were deployed to the Puna district to assist with cleanup and repairs.

Some areas may not see power for several more days. Hawai’i Electric Light said that portions of Nanawale, Leilani Estates, and Lanipuna may not receive power until Wednesday. In the last few days, the electric company could only say that power outages would last throughout the week.

Hawai’i Electric Light reminds the public that power lines on the ground should be treated as energized and dangerous. Anyone who comes in contact with a downed line should call 969-6666.

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