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Molokai Experiences Island-Wide Power Outage

October 8, 2012, 5:39 AM HST
* Updated October 8, 12:59 PM
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Maui Electric Company offices in Kahului. Photo by Wendy Osher.

(Update: 12 p.m. 10/8/12)

Officials at Maui Electric Company say an island wide power outage on Molokai was caused by a pole top fire at the Pala’au Substation.  A full update is now posted at the following direct LINK.

(Update: 6:32 a.m. 10/8/12)

Power has been fully restored to the island of Molokai as of 6:28 a.m.

The nearly seven hour island-wide outage started at around 11:30 last night.

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MECO spokesperson Kau’i Awai Dickson said a pole fire near the island’s power plant is suspected as the cause. The outage affected an estimated 3,000 electric customers.

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Crews worked over night to restore power to the main facility before implementing incremental power restoration at around 5:15 this morning.

(Update: 5:15 a.m. 10/8/12)

Crews from Maui Electric Company have been working throughout the night to restore power on Molokai after the entire island lost electric power at around 11:36 last night.

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MECO spokesperson Kau’i Awai Dickson said crews suspect a pole fire contained near the power plant may have contributed to the island-wide incident.

As of 5:15 this morning, the power plant was brought back on-line, and incremental power restoration had begun. At last report , power was restored to parts of Kaunakakai and Hoolehua.

Crews remain on scene as they work to bring the remaining customers back on-line as efficiently and safely as possible.

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