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Power outages: Thousands still in dark after fierce winds

A tree fell onto a house in Boyle Heights on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.
December 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Thousands of Southern California residents remained without power on Friday after fierce winds knocked down power lines earlier in the week.

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Southern California Edison has restored service to 65 percent of its customers who lost power. As of 4 p.m. Friday, SCE said about 131,591 customers remained without power. The utility expects to have service restored to 99 percent of its customers by 8 p.m. Sunday.

"We understand our customers are anxious to get their lights back on, and we're continuing to ask for their patience," SCE President Ron Litzinger said in a statement released Friday. "The massive winds that hit Wednesday evening have created some of the worst damage we've seen in a decade and resulted in some of the most complicated restoration efforts in years. Thousands of trees blew over, damaging thousands of overhead wires and poles."

Hardest hit areas were:
Altadena
Arcadia
Covina
Duarte
El Monte
La Crescenta
Monrovia
Montebello
Rosemead
San Gabriel
Temple City

Also heavily impacted:
Alhambra
Monterey Park
San Marino
Sierra Madre
West Covina

Customers can call SCE customer service at (800) 655-4555.

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At 10 p.m. Friday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported about 37,000 customers were still without power. Power has been restored to more than 177,000 customers since extreme winds knocked out power across Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

DWP said 135 crews were working around the clock to restore power, but the estimated duration of power outages was at least 24 to 48 hours from the start of the outage.

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Most affected areas:

WESTSIDE
Venice: 1,300
Westchester: 1,300

CENTRAL/DOWNTOWN
Hollywood: 2,900
East Hollywood: 6,300
Los Feliz: 5,000
Silverlake: 1,500

EASTSIDE/NORTHEAST
Highland Park: 9,300
El Sereno: 1,500
Glassell Park: 11,800
Eagle Rock: 2,800
Lincoln Heights: 1,500
Cypress Park: 10,200
Griffith Park: 1,500
Boyle Heights: 3,400

To report an outage in your area, call 1 (800) DIAL-DWP or 1 (800) 342-5397.

Power has been restored to 95 percent of all affected customers in Pasadena, according to Ann Erdman, Pasadena's public information officer. All but 400 electric customers and 150 water customers have service. The customers without service will be restored service within 24 to 36 hours, Erdman said.

See photos of wind damage across Southern California.

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