A sporadic rainstorm slowed Southern California commuters on their way to work this morning and is expected to stick around through Wednesday.

This was the first of two systems predicted to bring about an inch of rain to various parts of Southern California. The second rainstorm is expected to arrive this evening and last through Wednesday. 

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. There is also a high surf advisory for southwest California beaches through Wednesday. 

Southern California Edison (SCE) crews continue daily operations throughout SCE’s 50,000-square-mile service territory and are on standby for any additional repair outages that may occur due to this latest storm. 

“This system is bringing less rain, but our crews are preparing for any additional issues that may occur over the next couple of days,” said Jim Cherrie, SCE director of Grid Operations. “Currently, our system is performing well.”

SCE reminds its customers to never approach or touch a downed power line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — and call 911 immediately. Traffic signals may be out so approach those intersections as four-way stops.

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 1-800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at www.sce.com/outages.

Some additional safety tips include:

  • 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.