Power Restored After Lightning Strikes Kahului Utility Pole

September 3, 2015, 3:42 PM HST · Updated September 3, 3:44 PM
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Power restored after lightning strike on Kaʻahumanu Avenue. Graphic by Wendy Osher/Maui Now.

Power restored after lightning strike on Kaʻahumanu Avenue. Graphic by Wendy Osher/Maui Now.

By Wendy Osher

An estimated 871 electric customers lost power in Kahului when lightning struck a utility pole near HP Baldwin High School on Kaʻahumanu Avenue on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 3, 2015.

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Officials with Maui Electric Company confirmed the incident saying the outage was reported at around 1 p.m., and power was restored by 1:20 p.m.

“With possible thunderstorms forecasted for Maui, or in the event of a power outage, Maui Electric advises to please unplug all unnecessary electric equipment and appliances until the storm has passed or until power is restored,” said company communication specialist Shayna Decker.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for the entire state through 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

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