LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — More than 8,000 homes were without power Tuesday as heavy rain and winds caused outages in several neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

As of 9:30 a.m., about 8,200 LADWP customers were without power, officials said, with the Van Nuys area the hardest hit, with 1,982 customers in the dark.

Next hardest hit was South Los Angeles with 1,636, then the Del Rey area with 1,518 in the dark, and Glassell Park with 1,390 customers without power.

LADWP officials say power outages are common in early season rain and wind storms as severely dried-out palm fronds, tree branches and other debris fall and make contact with power lines.

Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, officials said. The current estimate for outage restoration is 10 hours from the time of the start of an outage, but LADWP says crews often beat those estimates.

Report downed power lines by calling LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (3425-397).

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