It was rough going for Sabrina the dog and owner Jany Cataldo as they walked through Kapiolani Park yesterday.

Sunny skies arrive
after cold front
passes through

Star-Bulletin staff

After knocking down power lines and drenching the islands yesterday, a cold front moved away overnight, leaving sunny skies and cool, dry weather today.

Another cold front is expected to breeze through the islands this weekend, but weather forecasters say it won't be as strong as the one that buffeted the island chain with heavy rain and gusty winds yesterday.

There should be an increase in showers on Kauai late Saturday as the cold front slides southwesterly through the island chain, forecasters said.

Strong winds caused numerous power outages on two islands and the accompanying rain also added to morning commuters' woes yesterday.

More than 6,000 Hawaiian Electric Co. customers on Oahu experienced power outages throughout the day yesterday. One of the outages, occurring about 7:20 a.m. in Iwilei, silenced seven radio stations for about an hour.

More outages occurred from Kaneohe to Kahala and Mililani during the day. The Kahala blackout left 3,300 customers without power, including Kahala Mall, the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii hotel and the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, for about 50 minutes.

HECO spokesman Fred Kobashikawa said one outage, in Portlock, was caused by a downed power line. The others were caused by winds blowing something onto power lines or blowing the lines together.

On the Big Island, winds up to 70 mph battered the Puna District south of Hilo, knocking down trees and causing power failures, authorities said.

Hawaii Electric Light Company said about 12,000 customers in various parts of the island experienced power interruptions.

But there were no road closures, damaged structures or injuries, he said.

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