With the National Weather Service forecasting a powerful storm with periods of heavy rain, wind and snow through Friday in the region, Southern California Edison (SCE) wants to remind customers power outages could occur.
“Our system continues to perform well right now, but our crews are preparing in the event there are repair outages,” said Paul Grigaux, SCE vice president Transmission, Substations & Operations. “We are closely monitoring conditions and will respond as appropriate as the storm moves through the area.”
The National Weather Service is forecasting rain across SCE’s service area, including Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, through Friday. A winter weather advisory was issued for Los Angeles County mountains, with snow expected above 6,000 feet.
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.
Customers may report or inquire about outages at 1-800-611-1911 and get the latest information from the outage page at www.sce.com/outages or by downloading the SCE outages app on their smartphones. Updates also are shared via Twitter.
SCE urges everyone to focus on staying safe during the storm and wants to remind its customers about some safety tips:
- When power is out, traffic signals may be out so 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.