Storm Causes Power Outages Across Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — High winds and rain knocked out power to more than 46,000 Southland homes and businesses Sunday, according to utility officials.

The storm-related outages affected about 10,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers Sunday afternoon, DWP representative MaryAnne Pierson said.

Southern California Edison reported that 36,448 customers without power, according to Vanessa McGrady of SCE.

Most of the DWP outages were wind and rain related, including downed wires and tree branches getting tangled in wires, Pierson said.

“More of the outages are in the valley areas than in the central areas,” she said. “We have extra crews, about 38 crews, out repairing things due to the weather.”

Pierson said there were outages in West Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, Sherman Oaks, Century City, Chatsworth, West Hills and Sylmar.

In SCE’s service area, the hardest hit included Garden Grove with 4,308 customers out, Palmdale with 3,421 customers out, Whittier with 1,510 customers out, Hawthorne with 777 customers out, and Lynwood with 263 customers out, McGrady said.

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  • HB

    Power is out in San Pedro highlands area – Sunday night 3/20/11

    • Beverly

      Power is out in Gardena – Sunday night @ 8pm 3/20

  • Carolina Castellino

    We also have had no power in Reseda for 4 hours, hope they know.

  • Fred

    LADWP Customer Service 1 (800) 342-5397 reports Power to San Pedro – some 80,000 residents and businesses will be restored by 7:30sm tomorrow morning. Can thus be true?

  • steve

    power out in Sherman oaks (van nuys & magnolia) for an hour now. 9pm

  • pedro girl

    Power still out in San Pedro 5 Hours Now

  • Myra E.

    Power went out @ 4p Sunday afternoon (USC Area) and didn’t come back on until 3:30a Monday morning. 11 hours of no power was very dangerous for my Great-Uncle who depends on an oxygen pump & breathing treatments w/ a nebulizer. DWP needs to improve & find ways to protect powerlines. Lines on poles are so inefficient. For households like ours, where a person’s life depends on working-electricity, it’s imperative that blackouts don’t last for more than an hour. That 11 hours was perverse! Get it together DWP!!!

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