SCE Crews Prepare as Winter Storms Forecast for Southern California This Week

Two storm systems could bring several inches of rainfall in an area that hasn’t seen much rain. SCE warns of possible outages and reminds customers to never approach downed power lines.

February 25, 2014 | By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom @SCE_CarolineA

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Southern California Edison (SCE) crews are on standby and making storm preparations as rainfall is forecast to hit Southern California late Wednesday night with another even larger storm system predicted for Friday through the weekend.

Several inches of rainfall are expected to fall in the region that has seen drought-like conditions for the past several months. In the city of Glendora where the recent Colby fire ravaged the hillsides, the National Weather Service is predicting possible mudslides.

“The storm system is expected to last through the weekend and SCE crews stand at the ready to assist our customers in the event of service interruptions,” said Steve Conroy, director of SCE Corporate Communications. “We remind customers to make safety their No. 1 priority and to stay away from downed power lines and call 911.”

SCE will be adding additional crews during this rare winter storm in case of power outages. The utility will also add more call center representatives to handle customer calls through this weekend.

The first storm is expected to reach the Los Angeles Basin Wednesday night, but the worst hit areas will be north of Southern California, according to the National Weather Service. The second storm will be much more intense and will arrive over Southern California late Friday and could last till Sunday.

As SCE crews await and prepare for what mother nature has in store, the utility reminds its customers to never approach downed power lines and call 911 immediately. The storms may affect power to traffic signals, so remember to treat them as four-way stops.

Customers should also have fresh batteries for their flashlights and radios. Never use candles during an outage. If you are going to use a generator, place it outdoors and plug appliances directly into it. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. For more safety tips, visit

Customers may report outages at 1-800-655-4555, online or through the SCE Outages app. Outage information will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.          

SCE News Release: Heavy Rain Forecast for Southern California Areas


Topics: Customer Service, Safety