(BIVN) – Crews continue working in Hāmākua to restore power and remove debirs from roadways as an area of low pressure to the northeast of the islands moves away from the state.
The National Weather Service is maintaining the High Surf Warning for north and east facing shores, the High Surf Advisory for the west facing shores, and the Wind Advisory for lower elevations of the Big Island. A High Wind Warning is still in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.
“Due to the Hilo buoy rising higher than expected this morning, a High Surf Warning (HSW) remains posted through today for north facing shores of the Big Island,” the National Weather Service stated at 11:33 a.m. “The swell should begin to drop along north facing shores of the Big Island by this afternoon. A HSW remains posted for exposed north and west facing shores of the smaller islands through this afternoon.”
Since Saturday morning, the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company says about 9,700 customers have been directly affected by wind storm impacts on the transmission and distribution system. “On Sunday morning, about 45,800 customers experienced a power interruption due to a sudden loss of generation, also caused by the wind storm impacts,” HELCO says.
The power company is conducting damage assessments today. Currently, about 2,000 customers in Honoka‘a and Waipunahina remain without power, HELCO says. At least 13 transmission poles were downed by gusty winds.
The electrical outage has triggered an Emergency Water Restriction for two specific zones in Hāmākua: from Honokaʻa to Kukuihaele, and the Paʻauilo area.
Customers should restrict water usage to health and safety needs only – like drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes – and irrigation activities should cease, Water Supply says.
Vehicle Registration and Driver’s License Services are not available in Waimea and at the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center until further notice, due to severed cables by falling trees. Services are available in Hilo and Pahoa.