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Around 34,000 Without Power in L.A. and Surrounding Region

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Beyond the 11,000 or so affected LADWP customers in the city of Los Angeles, Southern California Edison is reporting that close to 23,000 of their customers are without power. The hardest hit area was Whittier with 2,366 outages, followed by Carson and Long Beach with 1,709 and 1,292 outages, respectively. The utility said demand for energy hit its record peak usage for the year. 22,771 megawatts were used, the highest since August 31st, 2007 when an all-time demand of 23,303 megawatts was reached.

Other hard hit areas served by Edison include San Pedro (832 affected customers), Tustin (769), Santa Ana (347), Compton (347), Huntington Park (288), Norwalk (199), Placentia (101) and Montebello (82).

The LADWP has scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference about the outages and to urge Angelenos to conserve energy.