Rain, Lightning Cause Power Outages Across Southern California

SCE crews, resources are deployed to help with repairs related to weather outages.

October 17, 2015 | By Newsroom Staff

Southern California Edison repair crews have made significant progress overnight Friday and during the day Saturday making repairs to the damage caused by the rain storm.

As of 12 p.m., there were 27 incidents and 67 customers without power in the storm locations -- the San Joaquin Valley, Tehachapi area, and Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Systemwide, 800 customers were without power. 

Nine of the 11 storms locations have been closed (Ridgecrest, Kernville, Santa Barbara, Victorville, Antelope Valley, Redlands, Foothill, Barstow and Tehachapi).

The Tehachapi area remains isolated with no roads open in or out of the area due to two massive landslides.  As of 12 p.m. there was no estimated time for opening Highway 58.

The two remaining work areas have all the manpower and material needed to complete repairs and restore service Saturday. Currently there are 40 incidents and 70 customers without service in those areas.  

SCE crews performed restoration activities safely with no injuries sustained.

SCE has reached out to Pacific Gas & Electric under a mutual assistance agreement to provide additional resources in the San Joaquin Valley. PG&E has sent eight contract crews. The utility is also coordinating its efforts with the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County’s emergency operations center.

Road closures resulting from mudslides and flooding were impacting access for crews. SCE is working dilligently to find safe alternate routes to these locations.

SCE is prioritizing restoration of service to customers who have been without electrical service the longest. The utility thanks customers for their patience.

Customers may report or inquire about outages at 1-800-611-1911 and can get the latest information on outages at sce.com/outages or by downloading the SCE outages app on their smartphones. Outage information will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The safety of customers and crews in the field is our No. 1 priority. The utility reminds its customers to never attempt to move or go near a downed power line or dangling wire — even if it appears not to be live — and call 911 immediately. Customers should also be aware of traffic dangers due to weather and should watch for traffic signals that may be out. Approach those intersections as four-way stops.

Here are some other safety tips:

  • 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 space heater, plug it directly into an outlet; don’t use an extension cord and remember to unplug it when not in use. It should be placed at least three feet away from curtains, furniture, rugs and anything combustible. 
  • 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. 

Topics: Customer Service, Safety