UPDATE (1 p.m.) – The 9-1-1 system is now operational, officials report.
HAWAII ISLAND – Hawaii County Civil Defense has issued an alert, warning that residents may not be able to call 9-1-1 during an emergency due to a phone outage.
“Hawaiian Telcom officials report that the telephone communication system is currently experiencing difficulties and the disruption may affect the ability to place a call to the 9-1-1 system. Hawaiian Telcom Technicians are currently troubleshooting the problem. This disruption may also affect some cellular telephone services. For persons needing emergency assistance anywhere on Hawaii Island and unable to place a call through the 9-1-1 system, please report to the nearest police or fire station.”Hawaii County Civil Defense
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