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Kamuela Information Update for October 8th, 2020

Fallen tree onto electrical lines near the Pu'u Nani subdivision results in a power outage and also temporary road closure of Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19) in Kamuela Thursday evening (October 8th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) along with Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) responded to a report of a fallen tree and downed electrical lines on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 19) in Kamuela Thursday evening (October 8th).

The initial call came in at 10:01 pm Thursday evening and HPD officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located near the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway and Pu'u Nani Drive in Kamuela.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, nearby residences and motorists traveling in the area reported a large tree (described as an Ironwood tree) had fallen onto Mamalahoa Highway and also damaged electrical lines, which resulted in a large power outage affecting residences in the Pu'u Nani, Mokuloa, Ranchlots, and Kinohou Estates subdivisions.

Once HPD officers arrived at the scene, officers immediately closed Highway 19 in both directions while a HECO technician worked to complete repairs to the damaged electrical lines and equipment. Nearby residents worked to clear the tree from the roadway and had the tree quickly removed from the roadway following the incident.

HECO reported approximately 968 customers between Kamamalu Street to the Pu'u Nani Subdivision were without power as a result of the fallen tree near Pu'u Nani Drive intersection with Highway 19. HECO had power restored to all customers at 10:50 pm Thursday evening.

No injuries or other damage were reported.

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