Record breaking-heat overwhelmed some Los Angeles electrical equipment, leaving about 34,500 customers blacked out early Saturday.
That represented about 2.5 percent of the Department of Water and Power’s total number of customer accounts. Another 14,500 residential and business accounts had lost power, but had it restored.
Outside L.A. city limits, Southern California Edison also reported power outages related to the temperatures hovering over 110 degrees in some places.
One of those places is Monterey Park where outages have cut power to thousands of customers as crews race to repair equipment in this soaring heat.
LADWP said it set a July record of 6,256 megawatts used Friday. It’s the most used since 2006, when 6,165 megawatts were used.
Officials predicted a usage of 5,500 megawatts Saturday. The agency asked customers to reduce their electricity usage in any way possible.
Extra crews are being made available Saturday to limit the down time when an outage occurs.
LADWP reported that the Westlake area was the most-effected area Friday, with 5,800 customers out of power. Koreatown had 4,400 customers without power, with 2,000 in the Beverly Grove area.
The California ISO, which oversees ordering enough power to meet Californians’ needs, did not issue any Flex-Alerts, but did urge conservation.