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Hundreds in O.C. lose power to winds

January 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Hundreds of people in Orange County were without power Thursday morning thanks to the gusty winds. Ten large power poles came down overnight on Grand Avenue between Santa Clara and Fairhaven in Santa Ana. About 3,000 people in the area lost power, but that has since been restored to all but about 200.

Authorities say it's going to take at least four to five days to repair the power lines.

"It's definitely a strong condition, we had winds that were like 80 miles an hour, which caused one of our poles to snap in half and that took nine of the poles with it," said Franck Wasko, Southern California Edison. "So we're working around the clock right now, and with some better conditions hopefully we can speed this along quicker."

Crews will be bringing generators out later Thursday to get power back up and running. Edison officials say the road may be shut down for days while crews get everything cleaned up.

In Costa Mesa, a large tree snapped and fell on the 73 Freeway. Some cars traveling northbound on the freeway actually ran into it. Luckily there were no major injuries. Crews are now working to clear the debris from the lanes.

Two power poles were also knocked down near Santiago Canyon Road in Orange, trapping about two dozen motorists in between them. No one was hurt and firefighters were able to get all those cars and drivers out safely.


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