Outage in South Bay Impacts Thousands of SCE Customers Due to Downed Power lines, SCE Crews Restoring Service

UPDATE: All power has now been restored in the affected areas.

September 15, 2013

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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 15, 2013— Southern California Edison (SCE) crews are working to restore service to customers in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County after downed lines at 190th St. and Crenshaw Blvd. impacted service to more than 100,000 customers in the area, starting at 7:06 a.m. on Sunday morning. Thousands of customers had their power restored within a couple of hours of the outage. The cause of the downed power lines is under investigation.

The initial loss of service impacted customers in Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and other communities in the area. Several substations were taken off line following the initial event for safety of crews working on the issue and for public safety. Some customers had service restored by 9:00 a.m., but crews are continuing to work on the problem.

Information on outages in the SCE service area is available on the SCE Outage Map. SCE will continue to update information for customers there and through Twitter at @SCE.

SCE encourages customers to keep these other safety tips in mind:

  • Watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.
  • Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, 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.

Topics: Customer Service, Safety