The three-day power outage in downtown Long Beach was largely over Saturday, with power restored to 80 percent of those affected.
All but 650 Southern California Edison customers had power restored, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said at a news conference Friday night.
The Press-Telegram reported most of those customers were near Third Street and Chestnut Avenue, close to the city’s Civic Center where the original outage occurred Wednesday afternoon.
It could take an additional 24 hours to restore power to those remaining customers, according to authorities.
Edison officials said they were continuing to monitor voltage levels and troubleshooting its underground system.
About 2,700 customers had been without power as of Friday afternoon, according to Long Beach interim Public Information Officer Kerry Gerot.
The outage was caused by fires in three underground vaults that were reported at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, and initially cut power to around 4,800 customers, Edison said.
Long Beach officials described it as the city’s worst power outage since the 1950s. No injuries were reported.
— City News Service
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