High Winds Disrupt Power Throughout Southern California

SCE work crews have been dispatched to help restore power.

November 16, 2015 | By Newsroom Staff

High winds sweeping down from the north caused power outages Monday in communities across Southern California.

As of 8 p.m., Southern California Edison is managing approximately 302 storm-related incidents with more than 2,800 customers affected by the winds. More than 8,200 customers were out because of the high winds earlier today.

SCE crews have made good progress throughout the day, repairing damage caused by the high winds earlier today. SCE work crews will continue to restore electric service to customers without power as a result of today’s high winds. Customers should be aware that service interruptions could occur throughout the night should winds continue.  

Areas impacted in SCE’s service territory throughout the day included Huntington Beach, Compton, Whittier, Seal Beach, Valencia, Montebello, Monrovia, Antelope Valley, South Bay and Tehachapi.

SCE has added additional crews to affected areas to help with repairs related to weather outages. SCE thanks customers for their patience as they safely restore the power.

Safety is SCE’s No. 1 priority for its customers and employees. 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.

Here are some tips for dealing with weather-related outages:

  • 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.

Topics: Customer Service, Safety