High winds across Maui County over the weekend kept crews from Maui Electric Company busy on Maui and Molokai.
A tree fell across electrical lines near Kawela Bridge on Kamehameha V Highway at 8:42 a.m. Sunday cutting off power to customers in East End Molokai.
The sudden loss of electrical power caused by the fallen tree set in motion an automatic load shed procedure, which turned off power to customers in Hoolehua and Kualapuu to protect the electrical system.
Approximately 400 customers in Hoolehua and Kualapuu were affected for an hour and power was restored at 9:40 a.m. East End, which included about 900 customers, was brought back on-line at 10 a.m.
After power was restored at 10 a.m., customers of Oceanic Time Warner Cable were left without cable television service until 12:30 p.m. According to a supervisor at Oceanic Time Warner, MECO will restore electricity for residential customers first before recovering service for businesses. This delay caused the additional two-and-a-half hour cable TV outage.
A statement released from MECO said the company, “thanks our Molokai customers for their patience.”
On Maui, Shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday morning, high winds brought trees down on power lines at Haleakala, cutting off power to 10 customers at the summit. Repairs were completed and power was restored at 4:15 p.m.
At about the same time on Friday morning, approximately 100 customers in Olinda lost power when trees fell across power lines on Olinda Road. Power was restored by early afternoon and shortly thereafter, another tree came down, cutting off power again to about 200 customers in Olinda and Piiholo.
MECO crews worked through the night and all day Saturday trying to keep up with the high winds and falling trees. Power was restored incrementally throughout the day on Saturday and the last customers were brought back on-line at 5 p.m.
Approximately 150 customers in parts of Makawao lost power at 6:40 p.m. Friday evening due to fallen trees and power was restored to these customers shortly after midnight.
On Saturday evening, trees came down on power lines at about 7:30 p.m. near Kailua on Hana Highway, cutting off power to 800 customers from Huelo to Hana. MECO’s Distributed Generators at the Hana Substation provided power to about 300 customers in Hana while MECO crews worked to repair the lines in Kailua. Gusty winds hampered efforts but crews were able to complete repairs and restore power to remaining customers on Sunday evening.
At about noon on Sunday, areas of Lahaina, Olowalu and Launiupoko lost power affecting about 400 customers. Power was restored at 1 p.m. A forced power outage was issued this morning in Ukumehame and from Ololwalu to Launiupoko to enable crews to safely replace four utility poles that came down late Sunday night. Work was completed and power restored to 75 customers at 4:45 p.m.