Big Island crews hand out ice and tarp to hundredsUPDATED 10:31 PM HST Aug 08, 2014Video Transcript
NATS Hundreds of people lined up outside of the Pahoa Fire Station, where police officers and fire fighters distributed ice and tarps. It's all to help the estimated 12,000 people who are without power in that area. WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY POWER SINCE 9 O'CLOCK LAST NIGHT AND WE NEED ICE FOR THE REFRIDGERATOR BECAUSE THINGS ARE STARTING TO GET WARM. THE FREEZER'S GONNA BE OK FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, BUT NOT THE REFRIDGERATOR. THEY BROUHT IN THE ICE AND TARPS SO WE HAVE SOME SHELTER AND WE HAVE SOME ICE FOR HER FOOD. GOOD JOB! WE STILL KEEP A SMILE ON OUR FACE AND GOOD HOPE Hawaii Electric crews are working to restore power, but are telling customers that the damage is so extensive, they should be prepared for extended outage. Those could last throughout the weekend, and in the lower Puna area, even longer.