Maui County investigates lightning reports

Published On: Jul 30 2013 11:00:00 AM HST
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

Maui County officials are still trying to figure out the extent of the damage after a series of lightning strikes on Maui during Tropical Storm Flossie.

County officials say there was a report that a Makawao man may have been struck by lightning.  In Kahului, there were reports that lightning hit a home and caused a tree fire near Kmart.

Click here to see photos of the lightning damage.

KITV's Cam Tran spoke with the Kahului homeowner about the lightning strike.

Uilani Endo recalls what she said when the lightning struck her house.

"I have to get out of this part of the house and go to Dad," said Endo. "At the same time, the house is shaking and then hear 'crash!'" said Endo.

Cam Tran will have more on this story tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10.

Residents should conserve water until further notice because of the power situation.  Monday night, the entire island of Molokai lost power for about an hour.

Due to power outages in Haiku, the Haiku wells have not been running.  Consequently, the Kokomo and Kaupakalua tanks are now empty and water service to Haiku is interrupted.

PHOTOS: Power outages on Maui

Click here to see photos of MECO workers restoring power.

Water service to the following Upcountry areas has been disrupted:

- Kokomo Road

- Kaupakalua Road

- Kauhikoa Road

- Awalau Road

- Lilikoi Road

- All roads or streets off the above main roads

Water tanker trucks with potable water will be placed at the top section of Hanzawa Store parking lot, near Awalau Road; a second water tanker truck will be placed at Puuomalei Road, off of Kokomo Road.

The Maui Electric Company is working around the clock to restore power to customers.  About 9,800 customers were without power on Monday.  An estimated 500 customers are still without power, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Restoration of power for most of the customers is expected sometime on Tuesday.

MECO says workers are currently responding to small isolated outages affecting various parts of the island including Kokomo, Kauhikoa, Makawao, Kula, Waiehu, Wailuku, Kahului, Maui Meadows, and Huelo to Nahiku in East Maui.

As of 9:45 p.m. Monday night, power had been restored to about half of the customers initially affected. An additional 4,000 customers were brought back online by 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. Lightning strikes to electrical equipment and fallen trees were found to be the cause of the outages experienced over the past 24 hours.

Road situation

Central Maui to Keanae: roads are open and have been cleared of debris.

Keanae to Hana: Roads may be closed temporarily while crews work to clear debris.

Nahiku: The road to Lower Nahiku Village was blocked last night by large fallen trees; it is unknown whether crews have been able to remove the trees as of this morning. Local traffic only between mile markers 28-29 as utility crews work in the area; poles and wires are down.

Beyond Hana: Kalepa Bridge is impassable due to flooding. Public Works crews expect road closures and delays along Piilani Highway in the Kaupo area over the next two days as crews continue to inspect and repair roads and bridges.

All shelters have been closed as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Hana Landfill was scheduled to open by 11 a.m. Tuesday.

There was a delay in Upcountry refuse pickup due to a low-hanging cable line on Monday.  The following streets will have its trash picked up on Thursday:

- Kekahi Place

- Kalua Place

- Hemala Street

- Kekolu Place

Mobile videos:

Maui homeowner talks about lightning hitting house

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