Thousands Temporarily Without Power in Long Beach After 3rd Outage in 2 Months

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Utility crews are seen in downtown Long Beach, where power outages continued on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Almost 19,500 Southern California Edison customers in Long Beach were left without electricity early Saturday morning after an underground cable failed, the utility reported.

Robert Villegas, an Edison spokesman, said the outage occurred shortly after midnight and initially knocked out power to 491 homes and business in an area around Lakewood Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

He added that service was interrupted for another 19,000 customers when power was shut off to allow crews to make repairs.

Villegas said electricity was restored to the 19,000 homes and business by 1:27 a.m. and to the original 491 users by 4 a.m. The cause of the cable failure is under investigation.

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