The Big Island took the brunt of Iselle's fury as winds gusted to near hurricane force causing over 25,000 Hawai'i Electric Light customers to lose power Friday.
As of Saturday, 9,200 customers are still in the dark with no hope for a quick fix.
“Unfortunately it looks like the customers who are out of power right now, we’re expecting they’ll still be out of power next week, possibly even longer in some areas such as in the Puna area,” says Darren Pai of Hawai'i Electric Light.
The Puna area south of Hilo was one of the hardest hit spots with downed trees dotting the landscape. Power crews are having trouble even reaching the locations in need, let alone fixing the outages.
Power crews say they will have to fix the primary transmission lines first before repairing the individual neighborhood lines. This means that some neighborhoods could be out of power for well past next week.
Customers who have not yet reported an outage in a location that is not listed should call 969-6666 to report an outage.