Services restored following Flossie
Two days after Tropical Depression Flossie rolled through Maui, power was restored to all customers and water service returned to a pocket of Haiku on Wednesday morning.
With power back on, pumps at Haiku wells were running again. Tanks had run dry Tuesday when the pumps went out due to a lack of power. The county had set up stations for residents to obtain potable water Tuesday.
Other closures brought by Flossie, which passed through Maui on Monday, also ended Wednesday.
Maui state parks and forests that were not reopened Tuesday reopened Wednesday. This included the Kula and Makawao forest reserves and Waianapanapa State Park in East Maui.
Piilani Highway in East Maui reopened Wednesday after the county’s Department of Public Works crews completed inspections of roads and bridges and removed debris from the highway in the Kaupo area.
As Flossie’s effects were cleared away, gusty winds created problems for utility and highway crews Wednesday.
Police reported that Maalaea Road behind Carl’s Jr. restaurant was closed Wednesday morning after high winds downed three telephone poles. A portion of the road was closed at about 11:30 a.m. while police waited for Hawaiian Tel crews to respond.
Drivers still could reach the Maalaea oceanfront through the Maui Ocean Center area, police said.
At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, winds at Kahului Airport were blowing at 23 mph with gusts of 31 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Kaupo Gap had 18 mph winds with 59 mph gusts; Lanai, 28 mph with 44 mph gusts; and Makapulapai on Molokai, 25 mph with 33 mph gusts.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu continued its wind advisory into this morning for the Haleakala summit above 6,000 feet and expanded the advisory to include Kahoolawe and Lanai. The advisories were in effect until at least 6 a.m. today. A wind advisory means that winds of 30 mph and gusts of 50 mph are expected.
The forecast through Monday is for mostly cloudy skies with brief showers mainly nights and mornings in windward areas and mostly clear in leeward areas with some isolated morning showers. Highs will be 84 to 89 degrees with lows of 72 to 77 degrees. Winds will be trades, 15 to 29 mph through Sunday and dropping to 10 to 15 mph Monday.
Forecasters currently have their eyes on Hurricane Gil, which is strengthening in the Pacific, far off the southern tip of California.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane had maximum sustained winds late Wednesday of 80 mph.
It was about 985 miles southwest of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and moving at 12 mph. It is expected to strengthen today as it moves farther out to sea.
Although the Flossie outages were taken care of, there was a power outage at about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday that lasted around 30 minutes, said Kau’i Awai-Dickson, a MECO spokeswoman. She said the outage occurred when a fuse melted causing a low-voltage situation.
* Staff Writer Lila Fujimoto and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Melissa Tanji can be reached at email@example.com.