As badly as Molokai needed the rains of the past week, the saturated ground did not help hold power poles in place around Kualapuu.
High winds on Saturday knocked over a large tree at about 1:45 p.m., which in turn took out several power poles and electrical lines in Kualapuu.
While crews from Maui Electric Company were able to reroute power to parts of the island within an hour, a large number of customers went most of the day without power. Almost all businesses and residents in the Kaunakakai area went without power for most of the day.
During the outage, customers were reminded to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food cold. As a safety precaution, open flame burners were not to be used indoors. If using a generator, individuals were told to be sure it is properly grounded and situated in a well-ventilated area outdoors. Generators should not be plugged directly into a household outlet, because the power can back-flow into the utility lines and cause injury to electrical workers.
By 8 p.m., MECO crews had restored power to the whole island.