Power restored as rain lets up

Rains that pelted Maui over the weekend have let up, and electrical service in East Maui was fully restored on Monday.

Hana High and Elementary School will reopen today after being closed on Monday due to electricity outages that began Sunday.

Electrical service was restored to all East Maui customers by noon Monday, Hawaiian Electric said in a news release.

The Hana Airport also was affected by the outage, but the state Department of Transportation said Monday on its Facebook page that the airport still was operating, and daytime operations were not impacted.

During a period of gusty winds and rain around 11 a.m. Sunday, about 200 customers in parts of East Maui, including Keanae, Lower Nahiku homesteads and parts of Hana, experienced an outage that lasted overnight, according to a Hawaiian Electric news release.

A large fallen tree pinned down a span of power lines off of Hana Highway, the utility said. Parts of Hana, including the school, had power restored around 9:15 p.m. Sunday as crews were able to reroute power.

On Monday, crews removed the fallen tree and made repairs, the utility said.

The rainy weather triggered a brown-water advisory for Maui on Monday. Heavy rains have resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters, the Health Department said in issuing the advisory. The public is advised to stay out floodwaters and stormwater runoff due to possible material from overflowing cesspools, sewers and manholes, including pesticides, animal fecal matter, carcasses, pathogens, chemicals and flood debris.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, but if the water is brown stay out, the Health Department advised.

Rainfall totals were lower Monday on Maui island as compared to Sunday. The only area on Maui to receive more than a half of inch of rain in the 24-hour period ending at 4:45 p.m. Monday was West Wailuaiki in East Maui with 1.97 inches.

On Sunday, the West Wailuaiki gauge recorded 7.16 inches over a 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m.

A flash flood watch for Maui County was canceled at 4 p.m. Monday.

Today’s forecast for Central Maui calls for scattered showers before noon followed by partly sunny skies with high temperatures near 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

It should be windy with an east-northeast wind of 24 to 29 mph with gusts as high as 41 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Showery and windy weather will continue off and on throughout the week for Central Maui.

The sun will make more of an appearance Wednesday and Thursday, with mostly sunny skies after some isolated showers in the morning. Friday’s forecast calls more scattered showers under partly sunny skies.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.


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