Tree falls on apartment building in Brentwood
Winds blow a tree against an apartment building in Brentwood. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A total of 5,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power Thursday morning as a result of strong winds that have blown through the Southland this week.

“If you’re out, thank you for your patience,” the LADWP tweeted about 4:20 a.m. “Our crews are continuing to work through the night and morning to get your power restored.”

Since the start of the high winds Tuesday afternoon, crews have restored power to over 83,000 customers who were knocked offline, according to a statement from the LADWP.

“We want to assure all remaining affected customers that crews will work around the clock until every customer has their power back on,” the statement said.

Most affected were portions of Canoga Park, Exposition Park, Harvard Heights, Mar Vista, Mission Hills, Silver Lake, South Los Angeles and Wilmington.

Customers were advised earlier this week to expect to be without power for between 12 to 24 hours. Some outages could be restored much quicker, while others may take longer, the DWP said.

DWP representative Sylvia Beltran said that it is crucial for repair crews to determine the cause of an outage affecting a particular circuit before attempting to restore electrical service.

When a crew encounters a downed power line, the parameters of that repair are self-evident, Beltran said. However, circuits can shut down for various other reasons, and the cause must be diagnosed before a crew can re-energize the circuit safely in order to prevent creating further damage, she said.

A downed tree was reported about 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bundy Drive and Goshen Street in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, ABC7 said. The tree fell on at least one vehicle and was leaning against an apartment complex, but no injuries or evacuations were reported.

A total of 133 Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles County were without power due to winds or equipment damage, according to SCE’s online Outage Map.

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