Maui Electric Co. News Release
UPDATE: Maui Electric responds to storm-related power outages
(MAUI) – Maui Electric Company responded to three power outages throughout the day that resulted from conditions associated with Tropical Storm Flossie.
At 8:25 a.m. this morning, 20 customers in Piiholo including the County of Maui Water Treatment Facility, lost power when trees came down on power lines. Repairs were completed and power was restored at 12:05 p.m. A second power outage occurred in Piiholo at 10:26 a.m. cutting off power to five customers in the immediate area. Power was brought back up at 1:25 p.m.
A brief power outage in the Kihei and Wailea area at 9:04 a.m. this morning resulted when a gust of wind caused electrical lines to swing together causing a short circuit. Approximately 2,000 customers were without power for nine minutes as Maui Electric crews cleared the lines and reclosed the affected circuits.
There are no power outages to report at this time. However, Maui Electric crews are prepared to respond should the need arise.
Should Maui County customers experience loss of power throughout the night, call Maui Electric’s trouble line at 871-7777 on Maui or 1-877-871-8461 on Molokai and Lanai. Also be reminded to stay away from downed power lines and call Maui Electric or 911 immediately for assistance.
• Turn off and unplug unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronics which could be damaged by a power surge.
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their highest settings. If power goes out, keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as possible and food will stay fresh longer. (Make sure to turn the settings back to normal levels after the storm has passed.)
If your power goes out:
• If you plan to use a portable generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. Don’t plug the generator directly to your household electrical outlets; this can cause power to flow back into power lines causing a safety hazard. Instead, plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty extension cords.
•Use flashlights instead of candles or kerosene lamps which can pose a fire risk. Be especially careful with cooking flames indoors as a gust of wind could start a fire.
•Don’t use charcoal or other fossil fuels to cook indoors as they can create deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Cook only in well-ventilated areas.
• Leave one light on so you’ll know when your power returns.
If you see a downed power line:
• Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires or anything such wires may be touching; assume every wire is still energized and dangerous. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed. Stay away and warn others to stay clear. Call the Maui Electric Trouble Line at 871-7777 on Maui or 1-877-871-8461 on Molokai and Lanai. Call 911 for immediate emergency help.
• If a power line has fallen on a car that you are in, stay inside the car if possible and wait for help. If you can, try to break contact with the line by driving the car away from it. If you need to get out of the car right away because of some other pending danger like fire, jump out and away from the car so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground and try to land with two feet. Do this to avoid having your body become an electrical path from the car to the ground.