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Power Outage Affects 115,000 Homes In The South Bay [UPDATED]

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Downed power lines in Torrance left nearly 115,000 households without electricity in the South Bay this morning, reports City News Service.

The outage began at approximately 7:00 a.m. today, when lines went down at a substation. Six crews were deployed to the affected areas, and by about noon, power was restored to approximately 30,000 homes.

According to the LA Times, homes in Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, South Redondo Beach, northwest San Pedro and Lomita were all left without power. Torrance was hit the hardest, with 83,000 households going dark.

Southern California Edison trucks were backed up on 190th Street near Crenshaw Boulevard, as crews attempted to repair the downed lines. A representative for SCE told the Times that it wasn't clear how much longer it would take to restore power to the remaining homes, but that crews are working as "quickly and safely" as possible.

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In the meantime, some traffic stops were affected, and SCE spokesman David Song told the Times that "With a widespread area where traffic lights are not working, drivers should treat intersections like a four-way stop."

As of 1:00 p.m., nearly SCE estimated that about 33,000 homes were still without power, mostly in Torrance and Lomita.

UPDATE 2:19 PM As of 2:00 p.m., power has been restored to all but 11 homes.

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