Power returned to many areas of the Southland Monday after scattered outages were reported across Southern California in weekend heat-wave weather with temperatures approaching 115 in some areas.
But officials warned that more outages could be on tap Monday as record heat is expected. Power outages mean no air conditioning in triple-digit weather, and authorities urged residents — especially the vulnerable elderly — to take precautions before problems hit.
Nearly 1,200 customers lost power Sunday afternoon in Studio City after at least one circuit went out, according to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman said.
The outage which was centered east of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and was reported at 1:50 p.m., according to LADWP spokeswoman Kim Hughes.
“A total of 1,183 customers are currently without power,” Hughes told City News Service at 2:30 p.m..
“A circuit went out,” she said. “We don’t know what caused it, but crews are on scene and working on the problem.”
Hughes said she didn’t know yet when power would be restored to those customers.
Southern California Edison experienced a number of outages because of the high heat.
In Brea, police said about 1,600 homes were blacked out this afternoon. Edison officials said the power went out at 1:45 and did not have an estimated repair time.
Brea police said a cooling station had been opened at the Brea Community Center, as temperatures of 105 were reported in nearby Fullerton.
In Compton, 223 customers lost power shortly after 3 p.m. due to an equipment failure caused by the extreme heat, according to SCE officials. Power was expected to be fully restored by 3:30 a.m. Monday.
Twenty customers suffered outages in Torrance about 3;15 p.m. because of equipment problems and electricity was expected to be restored by about 7 p.m. tonight, according to SCE officials.
Twelve customer lost power in Long Beach around 3 p.m. and their power was expected to return by 3 a.m. Monday, according to SCE.
A total of 1,015 accounts in West Covina lost power as well as 79 accounts in Culver City, according to SCE.
In Orange County, 17 customers lost electricity in Stanton. Their power was expected to be restored by 1 a.m. In Santa Ana 38 people were without power, which was expected to be restored by 11:30 p.m. A total of 351 people were in the dark in Orange and 81 people in Mission Viejo.
Power in Orange was expected back on by 12:30 a.m. Monday and by 11:30 p.m in Mission Viejo, according to SCE.
–City News Service