Electricity Partly Restored in Simi Valley After Thousands Lose Power

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Thousands of homes were without electricity in Simi Valley on Christmas Day after power outages were first reported about 9 a.m.


File photo of windy weather in Southern California (Credit: KTLA)

The outage, which came on a warm day when Santa Ana wind gusts had in part prompted a red flag warning, was likely related to the wind, according to Southern California Edison spokesman Robert Villegas.

Power lines were down in Simi Valley, a Ventura County city of about 126,000, Villegas said.

Traffic signals were not working at a large number of intersections, the Simi Valley Police Department announced about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The south-central to western areas of the city were the primarily affected, according to the Police Department.

Villegas said only 362 customers remained without power just after noon, but Edison’s power outage website indicated that 1,577 customers were still affected as of 1:25 p.m.

Villegas indicated that those numbers on the website were no longer current. He said the remaining 362 affected customers would be without power into Wednesday evening.

At one point Wednesday, nearly 4,500 customers were affected, the site showed.

Meanwhile, nearly 900 Edison customers were without power in Irvine, according to the website. Power was expected to be restored by 6 p.m. in Irvine, the site stated.

KTLA’s Justin Burton contributed to this report.