Half the Big Island Loses Power As Storm Passes

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — Remnants of Hurricane Barbara passing south of the islands caused power outages that at one point affected more than half of all customers on the Big Island Monday. Power went out just before 11:00 AM for about 45,000 customers. Hawaii Electric Light was able to restore service to all but 1,600 accounts about 2 hours later. Barbara last week strengthened briefly to Category 4 status before weakening as it moved northward into colder waters and dissipating as it turned toward Hawai`i.

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