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MECO Power Outages and Updates 1/13/11

January 13, 2011, 3:30 PM HST
* Updated January 13, 3:49 PM
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Maui Electric Company Power Update (3:30 p.m. Thurs. 1/13/11)

Three condominiums on South Kihei Road remain without power as a result of flooding that occurred early this morning.  Some of the equipment affected is still partially under water.

MECO power lines. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Parts of Haiku in the area of Awalau Road and Ulumalu Road lost power at 7:46 AM when a tree branch fell across power lines on Kaupakalua Road.  Power was restored at 9:50 AM once debris was cleared and lines were repaired.  Approximately 400 customers were affected.

At approximately 7:50 AM, parts of Kekaulike Highway lost power when a tree came down on power lines area.  Customers were brought back online at 10:50 AM.


At 7:55 AM, customers on Lower Nahiku Road lost power due to trees in power lines.  Approximately 44 customers were affected for five hours.


Shortly before 2:00 PM, a coconut tree frond contacted power lines on North Kihei Road cutting off power to parts of Kihei.  Approximately 1100 customers were affected for 18 minutes.


Maui Electric Company Power Update (9:20 a.m. Thurs. 1/13/11)


At this time (9:20 a.m.) there is a small area in Paia without power. Crews are on site however access and flooding in the area is hampering repair efforts.

Customers in Kula, specifically in the areas of Waiakoa Road and Polipoli Road, were brought back on-line at 9:13 p.m. last night.

At 3:48 a.m., parts of Wailuku town lost power for about an hour. The cause is undetermined at this time, but likely to be weather-related.

At 5:46 a.m., flooding cut off power to 1000 customers in Kihei. Power was restored at approximately 6:15 a.m.


Maui Electric Company Power Update (5:45 a.m. Wed. 1/12/11)

As of 5:45 p.m., Maui Electric Company (MECO) reports only a small number of customers without power on Waiakoa Road and Polipoli Road. MECO officials say crews continue repairs in those areas and are trying their best to restore power this evening.

Anyone still without power, with the exception of customers on Waiakoa Road and Polipoli Road, should notify MECO at 871-7777.

At 4:19 p.m., high winds caused power lines to blow together resulting in loss of power from Makawao to Hana. Hana town was restored within minutes of the outage with generators. MECO Spokesperson, Kau’i Awai-Dickson said customers in Makawao and Haiku were brought back online at 4:57 p.m., while remaining customers from Huelo to just outside of Hana town were restored at 5:13 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. parts of Wailuku and Kahului lost power when high winds caused lines to blow together near Wailuku bridge. Power was restored to affected areas within a half-an-hour.

Areas in Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua that were affected by a fallen tree on Waiakoa Road at noon today, have since had power restored as of 5:30 p.m. As of this report, there were still a few customers on Waiakoa Road without power due to additional repairs.

Crews continue their work on Polipoli Road where a tree came down earlier this morning causing extensive damage to power lines and equipment.

(Posted by Wendy Osher, supporting information courtesy MECO)

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