SCE Crews Restoring Power Throughout its Service Territory as Forecasters Predict More Rain, High Winds and Lightning.

December 12, 2014 | By Lauren Bartlett and Caroline Aoyagi-Stom

As heavy rain continues to impact the region, Southern California Edison (SCE) has power outages scattered throughout its service area, and crews are working to restore service as safely and quickly as possible.

Additional personnel have been mobilized to respond to current outages and in anticipation of additional outages as rain, high winds and lightning move through the area.

As of 8:45 a.m. PST, there were 32,510 customers without service. More than 18,000 customers were in Los Angeles County, more than 3,900 were in Tulare County and more than 3,100 customers were in San Bernardino County.

SCE reminds its customers to stay safe and to never approach or touch a downed power line or anything in contact with it, even if they think it is not live, and call 911 immediately. Stoplights may also be out during the storm and SCE reminds people to treat these as four-way stops.

SCE customers can report outages at 1-800-611-1911 and get the latest information from the SCE outages app at

Other 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.

Topics: Safety