91,000 Customers Remain Without Power Due to Winter Storm: Utilities

About 91,000 customers across Southern California remained without power Sunday evening, utility officials said, as a winter storm brought rain and high winds to several areas.

A map shows communities affected by power outages across Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power)

A map shows communities affected by power outages across Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power)

Some 70,000 Southern California Edison customers, mostly in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, were affected by outages as of 9 p.m., the utility said on Twitter.

By 9:30 p.m., electricity had been restored to 35,500 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers while 21,000 remained in the dark, the agency said in a statement, attributing the outages to “the strong rain and wind storm” that resulted in downed power lines.

Dried-out palm fronds, tree branches and other debris were to blame in some cases, after falling onto or severing electrical lines, according to LADWP.

An earlier news release had listed the number of customers affected in the following neighborhoods: 5,415 in Mid-Wilshire; 5,135 in Palms; 3,532 in East Hollywood; 3,112 in Hollywood and 2,984 in Mid-City.

Spokespersons for both Edison and LADWP said crews were working to restore power as quickly as possible.

Information about outages in specific communities is available on the websites of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison.

Due to the severity of the storm, estimated restoration times were possibly unavailable, Edison said in a news release, and service interruptions could last overnight.

Utility officials warned the public to stay away from downed or dangling power wires or poles. Anyone who sees a downed power line was encouraged to call 911 immediately.


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