Thousands Still Without Power as LA Cleans Up From Windpocalypse '11
Fronds are strewn, trees are upended, kids have the day off school, and refrigerators all over Los Angeles are full of spoiled food in the ongoing aftermath of Windpocalypse '11. In the jurisdiction of the LADWP, the power outages were still affecting tens of thousands of customers, according to the Daily News:
At last count, 94,000 customers were without power in Los Angeles, 8,000 less than late Thursday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Maychelle Yee said this morning. While the outages were citywide, the hardest-hit communities -- those where outages were being measured in five-figure numbers -- were in the east and northeast: Highland Park, Glassell Park, and El Sereno.
Customers served by SoCal Edison were also feeling the pain (and the dark) this morning: "151,602 of [SCE] customers were without power this morning, with 20,651 having been restored since Thursday night. The hardest-hit areas included San Gabriel Valley foothill communities."
Pasadena has been widely affected by the wind, with much damage and interruption to daily life due to power outages and downed trees and debris. "Pasadena officials counted 200 damaged buildings. Of those, 45 units were red-tagged - 40 units in one building alone - and 13 were yellow- tagged," reports the Star-News.
The Star-News prepared an interactive map of the wind event:
View #LAwind incidents in the San Gabriel Valley in a larger map
Elsewhere in the San Gabriel Valley, the wind storm caused damage to the San Gabriel Mission, an animal shelter roof was crushed by a fallen tree, and the Huntington museum and library remains closed today to focus on massive clean up. A local state of emergency has been declared in Temple City and Alhambra. Many schools remain closed today in those communities.
Some Los Angeles Unified School District students are getting today off, too. According to a release from their media rep, 59 school sites and offices were affected and 24 sites have been restored, however 18 school sites are closed today:
The winds are still a-blowin' in SoCal today, but should die down by this afternoon, says the NWS:
A very strong and widespread wind event will persist over the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties through this afternoon. Gusty Santa Winds will increase through this morning, peaking around mid morning. The winds will diminish some this afternoon with continued offshore flow through at least the upcoming weekend.