Media Contact: Lauren Bartlett, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014 — As heavy rain continues to impact the region, Southern California Edison (SCE) has power outages scattered throughout its service area, and crews are working to restore service as safely and quickly as possible.
Additional personnel have been mobilized to respond to current outages and in anticipation of additional outages as rain, high winds and lightning move through the area.
As of 8:45 a.m. PST, there were 32,510 customers without service. More than 18,000 customers were in Los Angeles County, more than 3,900 were in Tulare County and more than 3,100 customers were in San Bernardino County.
SCE reminds customers to stay safe. If you see a downed power line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — don’t touch or approach it and call 911 immediately.
Here are some additional important tips to remember:
- Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.
- Make sure you have a battery-operated radio and flashlights. Check the batteries to make sure they’re fresh. Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage. Do not use candles because they pose a significant fire hazard.
- If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using heavy-duty extension cords. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.