The Lights Go Out on Oahu and the Obamas

Dec 27, 2008 6:53am

From Sunlen Miller in Kailua, Hawaii:

The island of Oahu – where President-elect Obama is vacationing with his family – is in the middle of a blackout.

The island-wide power outage was likely caused by lightning striking power grids. As the sun went down around the island there were multiple reports of fierce lightening.

The Obama’s Kailua vacation home was not immune from the widespread outages. The Obama’s power went out shortly after 6:30 pm local time.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s office says he spoke with police outside Obama’s compound who report the President-elect is okay. The Mayor ordered for a generator to be sent over (supplied by the Hawaiian Electric Company) for Obama to use immediately after the blackout happened.

Extra police cruisers were pulled across the front of the barricade in front of the Obama’s beach home – as just one sign of additional security likely being dispatched during this time.

Obama aides say there are “no issues” to report at the Obama compound in Kailua.

Officials on the island are attempting to remedy the problem – estimating that at the earliest power would be restored in the morning.

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