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Power Restoration Complete Following Windy Weekend Weather

February 18, 2015, 11:36 AM HST
* Updated February 18, 11:40 AM
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All major damage caused by the windy weekend weather has been repaired, according to Hawai’i Electric Light officials.

Late Tuesday night, a remaining 40 customers in Nanawale, Leilani Estates, and a few pockets in the Puna area had their power restored.

“We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding as we worked to safely restore electric service as quickly as possible,” said Kristen Okinaka, Hawai’i Electric Light spokesperson.

“Partnerships are critical for restoring essential services after a storm,” Okinaka continued. “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our employees, partners at the County of Hawai’i Civil Defense, Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, other utilities, and contracted tree trimming and construction crews for their tremendous support and dedication to restore electric service to our community.”

The public should remain cautious of trees that could potentially have been weakened by the high winds. These branches could fall and cause new power interruptions.

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Anyone wishing to report an outage, downed power line, or damaged utility equipment should call 969-6666.

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