10 a.m. PST, Dec. 1, 2011
Contact: Media Relations, (626) 302-2255
Crews from Southern California Edison (SCE) are continuing to work to restore service to customers throughout its 50,000-square mile service territory affected by wind-related outages.
As of 10 a.m. PST today, SCE had 211,469 customers without service. Crews worked throughout the night to restore service and are continuing to work to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. The severe winds have knocked down thousands of trees, affecting the ability of some crews to reach power lines.
High winds are forecast through Friday.
If you see a downed line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — don’t touch or approach it and call 911 immediately.
Hardest hit areas
The hardest hit areas as of 10 a.m. today were: San Gabriel, San Bernardino, Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, El Monte, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia and Sierra Madre.
Also heavily impacted were San Marino, Temple City, El Segundo, Long Beach, Torrance, Upland, Crestline, Barstow and Sun City.
With high winds forecast, SCE wants to remind its customers to be prepared in case of weather-related outages and suggests:
- If you know someone who is dependent on electrically operated medical equipment, make backup power arrangements in case a power outage affects that equipment.
- 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 are fresh. Use flashlights for lighting during a power outage; do not use candles because they pose a significant fire hazard.
- Do not use equipment indoors that is designed for outdoor cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.
- Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. Place blocks of ice inside to help keep food cold. Check food carefully for signs of spoilage.
- Check on your neighbors to make sure everyone is safe.
- If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into the generator, using a heavy-duty extension cord. 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 one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.