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Power Outage Update: 19,000 Without Service in the Southland
The storm today has knocked out power to thousands throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to Orange County and beyond. Here's the breakdown of the latest.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is reporting 6,000 customers scattered throughout the city without power. "It's not concentrated in one area," explained Spokesperson Gale Harris. Follow the department for updates on Twitter at @LADWP.
13,071 Southern California Edison customers were without power, as of 3 p.m. The hardest hit areas include Orange (2,095), Santa Barbara (1,643), Lake Arrowhead (1,071), Costa Mesa (643), Green Valley Lake (571) and Oxnard (524). The remainder of outages are scattered throughout the 50,000 square miles of Edison's service area.
"If you see downed power lines, do not try to touch, move, or drive over them," said Vanessa McGrady of the utility. "Call Edison or law enforcement." She also emphasized not using outdoors equipment--grills and the like--indoors because of the potential deadly consequences. Additionally, "if you have an outage, unplug sensitive electronics," she said, warning of power surges when power gets turned back on.