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Oahu Outage: Strong winds sacks Super Bowl plans for thousands without power

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Thousands on the east side of Oahu went without power during the biggest football game of the season.

Hawaiian Electric reporting widespread wind-related power outages via Twitter.

Strong winds, sacked Super Bowl plans for many, including Keisha Padello.

"We felt this big gust of wind and then we were like, 'Oh, no!'.. such a tragedy," Padello said. 

Padello was at her Kaneohe home, watching her team play in Superbowl LI when she says all went dark.

"His reaction was like why, like why," she added. "It was like panic mode, like we need to do something asap."

At 4:10 p.m.- HECO tweeted out that its crews we're working to restore power to 4845 customers in Kaneohe, and 1080 in Hawaii Kai.

"It was an intense scene. we we're watching it., and then-- you heard a loud bang-- all of us heard a bang," Kahaluu resident, George Marantz said. 

Marantz, and his wife were watching the game when high winds caused a power line to come down near their home.

"I saw a bunch of people exiting their homes wondering what the heck happened," his wife, Lila Marantz added. 

HECO responded to the outages in a statement saying:

"We've been responding to a number of wind-related outages in parts of Oahu today, including Kaneohe, Kailua, Kahuku and Hawaii Kai. The situation has been fluid as some customers may have experienced several momentary flickers or a prolonged outage.

We have additional crews working today and they are responding as quickly and safely as possible to the reports of outages.

We apologize for the inconvenience, especially on Super Bowl Sunday, and we appreciate customers' understanding and patience."

Fans say they weren't going to let a downed power line, or the outages keep them from watching the game.

"We had to watch the game or fight to the death." Marantz said. 

Both the Marantz's and Padello headed to Ruby Tuesday at Windward mall, where others also gathered to watch the Super Bowl.

"My superstition is that whenever I'm not watching the game that's when we start to lose, so like when the power went out-- I was like we're going to lose," Padello said.

Superstitious or not, these Patriots fans found a way to power through.

"I was watching then so it was fine," Padello said after the Patriots scored. "Go Pats!"

Check out HECO's online Oahu outage map for information and updates on the latest outages.

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