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Southland sweats under blazing heat wave

May 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nearly 2,100 people were without power Sunday as the National Weather Service issued more heat warnings.Most people were looking for ways to chill in Toluca Lake, where temperatures were pushing triple digits. Some sought relief at a local Coffee Bean which was also darkened by the outage.

"The first thing I did was jump in the pool at my apartment," said Toluca Lake resident Ryan Yearwood. "Then I came down here to check if anyone else had power and got some free iced coffee."

The Coffee Bean stayed open despite the power outage and gave away free cups of mildly cold coffee to anyone who stopped by.

"I was coming back from the Angels-Dodgers game in Anaheim, and it was pretty hot there so I was definitely in the mood for a cold coffee," resident Jeff Eget said.

For others, the warm weather was welcomed.

"I'm loving the heat. It's an early summer and I can't wait for a long, warm summer," resident Steve Florman said.

In Encino, residents said all it takes to beat the heat is a cool attitude.

"I love the heat, it's beautiful out. I just try to have a good attitude," Encino Rich Siegel said.

Power went out around 1:30 p.m. where North Hollywood and West Toluca Lake meet. Police officers directed traffic at intersections where the stoplights stopped working.

The exact cause of the outage was not immediately known, but overloaded circuits due to the heat may be to blame. Power was expected to be restored to the area of West Toluca Lake by Sunday evening.

 

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