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Power outage affects 1,000

Hawaii Electric Light Co. announced Sunday at 11 a.m. that approximately 1,000 customers in Pahala and Naalehu were affected by a power outage.

According to a press release, HELCO crews identified an issue at the company’s Punaluu substation and were working to fix it. The lines were switched, and all customers had their power restored by 12:45 p.m., the release stated.

The company also warned of a high wind advisory for Hawaii Island, effective from 11 a.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.

A high wind advisory means there are sustained winds of at least 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.

“The impact of these high winds could have an effect on HELCO’s system due to trees, branches or other objects contacting our lines,” a release stated. “As a safety reminder the public should not approach or touch any downed power lines or equipment.”

Residents who see downed lines should stay as far away as possible and report any damage or outages to HELCO’s dispatch center at (808) 969-6666.

For more information, visit www.helcohi.com and click on the “Safety and Emergency” tab.


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