HELCO deals with a windy weekend on the Big Island

A powerful winter storm hit Hawaii this weekend, wreaking havoc on all the islands with high winds, record low temperatures and even snowfall on Maui’s Haleakala and Polipoli State Park. Hawaii Island’s Maunakea recorded gusts up to 191-mph during the storm and received a light blanket of snow, some of which is still visible today.

High winds downed power lines and trees around the Big Island as the storm moved over the state on Sunday. Hawaii Electric Light reported outages that affected 55,000 Big Island customers over the weekend. The storm toppled 13 high-voltage transmission poles in Honokaa where crews have been working since Sunday to restore power. Hawaii Civil Defense announced the roads had reopened though cleanup continues and 270 HELCO customers were still without power as of 9am today.

Oahu and Maui also experienced severe effects from the storm. According to an article on Pacific Business News Hawaiian Electric vice president, corporate relations, Jim Kelley reported about 127,000 customers on Oahu experienced outages throughout the weekend while Maui Electric Co. had outages impacting 30,500.

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