HONOLULU (KHON) — The City said that the high wind warning extended for most of Oahu will now last until 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.
The alert came just as Hawaiian Electric crews continue to stay busy as portions of the state see the powerful effects of strong winds.
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The Church of the Crossroads was especially hit hard on their property and emotionally.
“I got the call about 7:30 a.m. Got here and just started to tear up,” said Pastor David Baumgarturner of Church of the Crossroads.
Baumgarturner said one of the ground folks was the first to notice on Friday morning that a beloved tree of the church came down.
Luckily, no one was under the debris but a couple of trucks did get buried, according to Baumgarturner.
“It feels like we lost one of our most magnificent kupuna on this day and it’s very sad,” said Baumgarturner.
The tree was planted in 1935 and this year was the 100th anniversary of the sanctuary.
Incidents on Oahu:
HECO crews have been responding to various power outages and downed utility poles since Thursday, Feb. 9.
According to the Board of Water Supply due to the power outages on Friday, there is little to no water pressure in the Nanakuli and Waianae areas. These communities have been asked to conserve water.
Shortly after at around 10:20 a.m., HECO said 2,380 customers were affected by power outages in the Kalihi and Liliha areas. Within the next hour, power was restored to some customers but crews continue to make repairs.
Active road closures:
- University Avenue at Hihiwai Street is blocked due to a fallen tree.
- The left lane of Pali Highway nearby Waokanaka Street heading Kailua bound, town-side is closed due to a fallen tree.
Botanical Garden closures:
- Foster Botanical Garden
- Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden
- Koko Crater Botanical Garden
- Wahiawā Botanical Garden
The above botanical gardens were closed to the public at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 due to strong winds, according to the City and County of Honolulu. The Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is still open.
The four botanical gardens are expected to reopen on Saturday morning.
Incidents on Big Island:
Over on the Big Island, HECO said 2,000 customers will be without power in the North Kohala area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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HECO said this outage would allow crews to repair damaged equipment that was created by high winds.