High winds damage buildings, power lines


High winds wreaked havoc on the Big Island Saturday, damaging buildings and causing power outages.

Hawaii Electric Light Co. in a release said high winds had knocked out power to homes throughout the island, although HELCO spokesman Roger Keller didn’t have specific numbers. He said most of the outages were localized to small segments of the grid. Also, a wind farm in Hawi tripped offline temporarily Saturday at 7:10 a.m. cutting off power to 6,500 people. HELCO said the cause was under investigation.

In Kawaihae, high winds struck before 5 a.m., ripping the roof off one house and tore the garage roof off another home. That roof damaged a neighboring house that was under construction and caused it to collapse.

No injuries were reported and the Hawaii FIre Department did not estimate the damage to the structures.