With the National Weather Service predicting high winds and freezing conditions to continue across Southern California into New Year’s Day, Southern California Edison (SCE) crews continued to work to bring power back to about 4,900 customers as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, down from 7,500 earlier in the day.

The severe weather conditions caused scattered outages in SCE’s 50,000-square-mile service territory. The hardest-hit regions as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday were Orange County with 2,000 customers, Riverside County with 1,500 customers and San Bernardino County with 800 customers without service.

Crews were working to restore power as quickly as possible, but the icy conditions, road closures and fallen trees in some areas hampered the efforts. Crews were prepared to move into those areas as soon as conditions improve to safely restore power.

SCE reminds 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 by calling 1-800-611-1911, or get the 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.