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Power Outage Update: 6,800 Customers Without Power, City Hall Affected

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Even the city's central hub of political activity is not safe from the rain. As the Los Angeles City Council debated medical marijuana this afternoon, the room went dark--emergency lights went on--followed by thunder that shook the building and brought out laughter in the chambers.

Across the city, 6,800 customers are without power, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power at 12:45 p.m. Major areas affected include South LA and the Crenshaw District. Other areas with spatterings of outages include Sherman Oaks, Reseda, Chatsworth, North Hollywood, Hollywood and Central L.A.

"Our crews are on the scene working to restore services quickly and as safely as possible," said LADWP Spokesperson Gale Harris.